Soutzoukakia (Greek Meatballs in a Tomato Sauce)

Recipe by evelynathens
READY IN: 1hr 15mins




  • Soak the bread in the wine for about 5 minutes, or until thoroughly softened.
  • Then, squeeze out and reserve the excess wine.
  • In a large bowl, combine the ground meat with the wine soaked bread, onion, garlic, egg, parsley, grated cheese, cumin, and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Mix the ingredients until thoroughly blended.
  • Cover and chill for 1 to 2 hours.
  • Dampen your hands, pinch off small portions of meat mixture, about the quantity of a teaspoon or just over, and shape into approximately 20 oval rolls (looks sort of like an elongated, slightly flattened, meatball).
  • Dredge them in flour.
  • Heat olive oil in a large frying pan.
  • Add the meatballs and fry until browned all over, turning occasionally and allowing time for the meat to cook thoroughly. (alternatively, if you want a 'lighter' recipe, you could just brown in a non-stick pan or bake them in the oven - not as flavourful, but still good).
  • Remove from the pan using a slotted spoon and set aside.
  • Strain the oil you fried the meatballs in through a fine sieve into a cooking pan.
  • Add all the sauce ingredients, and the reserved wine.
  • Bring to a boil and simmer until the sauce is thick.
  • Drop in the meatballs, stir to cover all over with the sauce, and simmer covered for 15 minutes.
  • Serve hot with rice, french fries, or mashed potatoes.