Soutzoukakia (Greek Meatballs)
Soutzoukakia are football shaped Greek meatballs baked in savory tomato sauce spiced with cinnamon, clove and herbs. Perfect entree or mezze!
- 1/2 cup feta cheese crumbled
- 1/4 cup mint leaves chopped
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.
- Feel free to use lamb as a substitution for the ground beef.
- 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