Traditional Soutzoukakia

A traditional Greek dish, Soutzoukakia are small, spiced meatballs that are cooked in a flavourful tomato-based sauce. Perfect for a hearty meal.

what you'll need
  • 500 g beef mince
  • 1 onion (grated)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 50 g breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ⅓ tsp pepper
  • 60 ml red wine
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 500 g tomato sauce
  • 4 fresh tomatoes grated
  • ½ tsp cinnamon (or one stick)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
View ingredients
step 1

In a bowl, mix together the beef mince, onion, garlic, olive oil, breadcrumbs salt, pepper and cumin.

step 2

After mixing the ingredients together, form them into long, sausage-like meatballs and refrigerate for 15 to 20 minutes so they can firm up.

step 3

In a nonstick pan, add enough vegetable oil to cover the surface and fry them on medium heat for approximately 5 minutes.

step 4

Once the meat is cooked on all sides, add the red wine. Let it simmer until evaporated and then set the dish aside.

step 5

Tomato Sauce: In the same pan you used to cook the soutzoukakia, add olive oil and sauté the onion and garlic on medium heat for 3-4 minutes.

step 6

Stir in the tomato sauce, fresh tomatoes, cinnamon, salt, cumin, and water and simmer on low for 10 minutes.

step 7

Transfer the sauce to an ovenproof dish, add the soutzoukakia and bake in a preheated oven at 190ºC (375ºF) for 30 minutes.

Traditional Soutzoukakia

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