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Greek meatballs - Soutzoukakia

  • Nuts Free Diet

    It is usually followed when someone is allergic to nuts.


 For the meatballs

  • Beat the pieces of bread in a food processor. Transfer to a bowl.
  • In the food processor beat olive oil, garlic, cumin, chili flakes and finely chopped mint. Add to the bowl and add the milk, ouzo, the egg, the ground beef and pork .
  • Whisk for 30 seconds to combine well.
  • It is better to wear disposable gloves when handling the mixture and the raw meat.
  • Mash the mixture together with your hands, until the bread breaks up completely.
  • Add a generous amount of salt and pepper.
  • Mix again with your hands until all of the ingredients are completely combined.
  • Shape the mixture in to long oval shapes, which is the traditional shape of these meatballs. They should weigh about 30-50 g each.
  • Add a generous amount of flour to a container. Add the meatballs and dredge them in the flour.
  • Place a nonstick pan over medium to high heat.
  • Add the vegetable oil and let it heat for 1 minute.
  • Shake off excess flour and add the meatballs to the pan one at a time.
  • Brown them on both sides for about 5 minutes total. They will cook further on the stove.
  • When ready, remove from pan and place them on a plate lined with paper towels so they can drain from any excess oil.
  • Set aside until needed.

For the sauce

  • Place a pot over medium heat.
  • Coarsely chop the onion.
  • Add the tablespoon of olive oil to the pot.
  • Add the onion and sugar.
  • Stir and sauté until the onion caramelizes nicely.
  • Then add the tomato paste and sauté for at least 1-2 minutes.
  • Sautéing the tomato paste helps give it a nicer flavor and helps the sauce thicken better.
  • Add the cinnamon, bay leaves, bouillon cube, tomato and water.
  • Stir and add the meatballs.
  • Lower heat, cover pot and simmer for 10 minutes, until the sauce thickens and the meatballs are ready.
  • Serve with basmati rice and finely chopped fresh mint.
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Nutrition information per portion

Calories (kcal)
25 %


Shows how much energy food releases to our bodies. Daily caloric intake depends mainly on the person’s weight, sex and physical activity level. An average individual needs about 2000 kcal / day.

Total Fat (g)
39 %

Fatty Acids

Are essential to give energy to the body while helping to maintain the body temperature. They are divided into saturated "bad" fats and unsaturated "good" fats.

Saturated Fat (g)
36 %

Saturated Fats

Known as "bad" fats are mainly found in animal foods. It is important to check and control on a daily basis the amount you consume.

Total Carbs (g)
14 %


The main source of energy for the body. Great sources are the bread, cereals and pasta. Use complex carbohydrates as they make you feel satiated while they have higher nutritional value.

Sugars (g)
9 %


Try to consume sugars from raw foods and limit processed sugar. It is important to check the labels of the products you buy so you can calculate how much you consume daily.

Protein (g)
50 %


It is necessary for the muscle growth and helps the cells to function well. You can find it in meat, fish, dairy, eggs, pulses, nuts and seeds.

Fibre (g)
14 %


They are mainly found in plant foods and they can help regulate a good bowel movement while maintaining a balanced weight. Aim for at least 25 grams of fiber daily.

Sodium (g)
18 %


A small amount of salt daily is necessary for the body. Be careful though not to overdo it and not to exceed 6 grams of salt daily

*Based on an adult’s daily reference intake of 2000 kcal.

*The nutritional chart and the symbols refer to the basic recipe and not to the serving suggestions.

*To calculate nutritional table data, we use software by Nutritics logo

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