Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 45 mins

I was given this recipe by a former coworker who was Armenian. Whenever I bring the leftovers to work for lunch, everyone is popping into the breakroom to see what smells so delicious!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix ground beef, onion, parsley, cumin, egg, and bread crumbs.
  2. Form into small football shapes.
  3. In a large saucepan, combine tomato sauce and garlic; bring to a simmer.
  4. Add"footballs" and let cook 45 minutes, stirring gently occasionally.
  5. Serve over rice pilaf and garnish with cilantro.


Most Helpful

I had no idea cumin would make this meal so good! Super easy and super yummy! Served this over pasta and was very pleasantly surprised. Great recipe!

Boxerwing November 21, 2002

I really enjoyed these little "footballs!" hehe. The sauce was good, though I felt it was missing something...maybe a little more seasoning? I used fresh garlic and parsley. The fresh cilantro sprinkled on top was great...I love the little burst of flavor fresh herbs give a dish. I will definately make these again, and will play with the sauce a little...I'm thinking maybe a hint of cloves and oregano....Thanks for the recipe, Michelle!

canarygirl April 14, 2003

This recipe is a winner! It was easy to make and I had all the ingredients on hand - what more could you ask? I did add one more can of tomato sauce so I could serve it over pasta with plenty of sauce, and I minced a big, fat clove of garlic into it instead of using garlic powder, but just 'cause I like fresh garlic so much. I served it over pasta with parmesan sprinkled on top - we loved it! I'll make this over and over!

Joy1996 January 16, 2003

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