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Greek baked meatballs in tomato sauce (Soutzoukakia Smyrneika)

Greek baked meatballs in tomato sauce (Soutzoukakia Smyrneika)

Greek baked meatballs in tomato sauce (Soutzoukakia Smyrneika)

Ingredients

½ kg ground beef

½ kg ground pork

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 large onion finely chopped

3slices of stale bread soaked in red wine

2eggs

Cumin

3 tbsp olive oil

Salt

Black pepper freshly ground

Flour

Frying oil

Sauce

1 onion finely chopped

2 cloves of garlic, minced

2 tomatoes grated

1 cup tomato puree

1 tbsp tomato paste dissolved in water

Cumin 

1 tsp black pepper beans

Sugar

Salt

Preparation
Knead all ingredients together and leave the mixture in the refrigerator for 2 hours. Shape into oblong meatballs and shallow fry gently in oil till golden brown. Lay them on a non-stick oven tray. Drain oil from the frying pan but keep ½ cup.  To prepare the tomato sauce for the soutzoukakia, sauté the onion in the olive oil you kept from frying. Add the squashed garlic and fry for 3-4 minutes until the onions are tender. Add the tomato puree, sugar, cumin, tomato paste and season with salt and the pepper beans. Bring to  boil and simmer, until the sauce starts to thicken.  Pour the sauce over the soutzoukakia and bake in pre-heated oven in 180οC, for approximately 30 min

Serves 6

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