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Meatballs with tomato sauce in a round loaf of bread

A very fulfilling dish, so delicious that it can’t be ignored. Fresh bread filled with meatballs in a tomato sauce, a combination of colours, smells and beloved flavours: in other words, synonymous of a «good meal»

Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 35 minutes

Ingredients for 4 persons

  • 4 small round loafs of bread

For the sauce

For the meatballs

  • 500gr. ground beef
  • 1 onion, crushed
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 100gr. of stale bread, soaked in water and squeezed
  • 1 tablespoon of yogurt
  • 4 tablespoons of chopped herbs (parsley, spearmint etc)
  • 1 tablespoon of vinegar
  • Salt and pepper

For serving

  • 200gr. Mizithra cheese

For starters, mix the ingredients for the meatballs, knead them and put in the fridge for 15 minutes. In the meantime, pour the olive oil into a wide pot, and shimmer the onion and garlic. Add the tomato paste (remember, we always scratch the bottom of the pot) and deglaze with the wine. When the alcohol evaporates, add the rest of the ingredients and let the sauce boil over medium heat for 15 minutes. Make small meatballs (the size of a nut) from the ground beef and fry them in the olive oil until brown - approximately 3 minutes. Remove from the frying pan and place them in some kitchen paper so that it will absorb the excess olive oil. After a couple of minutes, put the meatballs in the pot with the boiling sauce and cook on a low heat for 10 minutes. The next step is plating, starting with the bread. Cut a small cap and remove the soft part of the bread, to make room for the meatballs and the sauce. Place them inside the bread, add some cheese and freshly ground pepper.

If you prefer to avoid frying the meatballs, you can always bake them in the oven, for 10 minutes.