Traditional Soutzoukakia

Traditional Soutzoukakia

  • 4 servings
  • 45 mins
  • 502 kcal
  • NF

This is my Soutzoukakia recipe - a traditional Greek spiced meatballs recipe. This dish is also known in Greece as Smyrna meatballs, Soutzoukakia Smyrneika or İzmir Köfte. That’s because the dish arrived in Greece via immigrants from Smyrna (now called Izmir), in Anatolia, Turkey, which was often referred to as ‘Asia Minor’.

This hearty Greek dish provides a fabulous combination of Mediterranean flavours. The cinnamon gives a gentle warmth, but it is the unique savoury note provided by the cumin that makes Soutzoukakia unlike anything else. These flavoursome meatballs cooked in a rich, thick tomato sauce are definitely considered ‘the main event’ for my family’s dinner (served with either rice or mashed potatoes), but they can also be considered a side dish as part of a larger feast. Please invite me!

Traditional Soutzoukakia
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