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Greek meatballs – Soutzoukakia

Preparation time: 20΄

Cooking time: 30΄-35΄

For 4 persons


700g ground beef
300g ground pork
2 cloves of garlic (chopped)
1 onion (chopped)
1½ tsp. cumin
1½ tsp. sumac
1½ tsp. sweet paprika
300g stale bread without the crust
150ml Red wine
For the tomato sauce:
500g Milled Tomatoes KYKNOS
1 onion (chopped)
½ tsp. cumin
2 allspice grains
½ glass of sweet red wine
2 tbsp. Tomato Paste KYKNOS
Salt, Freshly ground pepper


Place the stale bread in a bowl with the red wine, fill with water until it covers the bread and let it soak.

On a cutting board with a sharp knife finely chop the onion and garlic.

In another large bowl, place the rest of the ingredients for the soutzoukakia, ground beef, ground pork, melted butter, garlic, onion, cumin, sumac, sweet paprika, salt and freshly ground pepper.

Drain the bread well, add it to the bowl with the minced meat, knead the mixture very well for at least 7-8 minutes and place the minced meat in the refrigerator for 30-40 minutes, covered.

Remove the minced meat from the refrigerator, form into soutzoukakia and place them on a baking sheet lined with non-stick paper.

Bake the soutzoukakia in a preheated oven at 200°C for 10 minutes.

For the sauce, place a sauté pan over high heat to heat well.

Add the butter and sauté the chopped onion for 1-2 minutes. Add the cumin along with the allspice and continue sauteing for another 1 minute, mixing well. Add the Tomato Paste KYKNOS, deglaze with the sweet red wine and add the Milled Tomatoes KYKNOS, salt and freshly ground pepper, mix well, lower the heat and let the sauce simmer.

Remove soutzoukakia from the oven, add them to the deep pan with the sauce and continue cooking for another 20-25 minutes.

Serve soutzoukakia with rice or mashed potatoes.