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Soutzoukakia (Greek Meatballs)

Soutzoukakia are football shaped Greek meatballs baked in savory tomato sauce spiced with cinnamon, clove and herbs. Perfect entree or mezze!
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Total Time55 minutes
Course: appetizers, main dishes
Cuisine: Greek, Mediterranean
Servings: 6
Author: Kevin


Tomato Sauce



  • 1/2 cup feta cheese crumbled
  • 1/4 cup mint leaves chopped


Tomato Sauce

  • Add all tomato sauce ingredients except fresh mint, parsley, bay leaf and olive oil to a blender and purée until smooth.
  • Add olive oil to a large skillet over medium high heat. Pour in blended tomato sauce and the fresh mint, parsley and bay leaf.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Add 1 cup of water, stirring to make sure the bottom does not scorch, and cook another 10 minutes. Sauce will reduce and thicken.


  • Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • Grate remaining red onion half and add to a large bowl with the ground beef or lamb. Add remaining meatball ingredients and mix well by hand. Refrigerate to firm up, 15 minutes (optional).
  • Scoop about 2-3 tablespoons of meat mixture into wet hands and shape into football shaped meatballs. You should have between 12-16 meatballs.
  • Place in a greased baking dish and bake uncovered for 15 minutes. Top with tomato sauce and bake another 10 minutes. Top with feta cheese, chopped mint and serve.



  1. Feel free to use lamb as a substitution for the ground beef.
  2. Juice from onion and grated onion all go in the mix.


Calories: 480kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 119mg | Sodium: 1089mg | Potassium: 1176mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 1888IU | Vitamin C: 36mg | Calcium: 221mg | Iron: 7mg