Spicy Meatballs from Smyrna (Soutzoukákia Smyrnéika)
 
 
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Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Main Course
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: Greek
Ingredients/ Συστατικά
For the Meatballs
  • 1 kilo / 2 lb ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¾ cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 tsp salt and pepper according to your liking
  • 1 ½ tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried mint
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • Olive oil or any oil you like for frying
For the Tomato Sauce
  • 4 cups tomato juice
  • 70 gr. / 2.5 oz. tomato paste
  • 3 tsp salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 ½ tbsp. sugar
Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
For the Tomato Sauce
  1. Add everything in a pot and bring to boil.
  2. Reduce heat to low and let it simmer for 1 ½ hour.
For the Meatballs
  1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and knead just until they are incorporated.
  2. Take a quantity equal to a small lime and make it an oval meatball.
  3. Do the same with the rest of the ground meat.
  4. Take about a cup of semolina or flour and flour them.
  5. Let them rest for 30 minutes and then fry them in very hot oil.
  6. You don’t have to fry them completely just about.
  7. Let them rest for about 10 minutes and then transfer them to the sauce.
  8. Let them cook for 15 to 20 minutes and serve them over rice, pasta or as I did over French fries.
Recipe by Culinary Flavors at http://www.culinaryflavors.gr/spicy-meatballs-from-smyrna-soutzoukakia-smyrneika/