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Greek Soutzoukakia Meatballs with Sage

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Greek Soutzoukakia Meatballs with Sage


These are very aromatic, very delicious meatballs served in both Greek and Turkish cultures. The Greek name “Soutzoukakia Smirneika” means spicy little sausages from Izmir. They are not round like meatballs but have an oblong shape like a little sausage.

For the oriental meatballs

  • Cut the bread in to small cubes and place in a bowl.
  • Add the wine, stir and let them soak for about 10 minutes, until the core has softened also. Set aside until needed.
  • In a separate bowl, add the ground meat, parsley, ground cumin, garlic, salt and pepper.
  • Lift the bread from the bowl and squeeze to release as much wine as possible. Reserve the wine.
  • Add the bread to the ground meat and mix with your hands until all of the ingredients are combined. You can refrigerate for 1-2 days.
  • Shape the mixture in to long, oval shaped meatballs. This is the traditional shape of these oriental meatballs.
  • Place a pan over medium heat and add a generous amount of vegetable oil.
  • Dredge the meatballs in some flour and gently knead them before adding them to the hot oil.
  • Fry until they are golden on one side, flip over and fry until golden on the other side.
  • Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels and allow to drain from excess oil.

​For tomato sauce

  • Place a wide pot over medium to high heat and add the butter.
  • As soon as it melts and starts to sizzle, add the sage.
  • Add the oriental meatballs, the reserved wine from the soaked bread, 1-2 tablespoons of sugar, canned tomatoes and water.
  • Stir gently just to combine and add the cinnamon.
  • Lower heat, cover pot and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes.

For the rice

  • Place a pan over high heat.
  • Add the butter and let it turn slightly golden brown.
  • Add the sage and boiled rice.
  • Stir, season to taste and serve.
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Nutrition information per portion

Calories (kcal)
26 %


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)
40 %

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)
70 %

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)
13 %


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)
4 %


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)
64 %


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)
9 %


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)
21 %


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.

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

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