Soutzoukakia Recipe

Soutzoukakia is a delightful and tempting delicacy. Learn to make/prepare Soutzoukakia by following this easy recipe.
Soutzoukakia Recipe
Preparation Time 20 Minutes
Cooking Time 35 Minutes
Difficulty Average
Recipe Type Non Veg.
Serves 4
  • 2 slices thick, dense Bread (crusts removed)
  • ½ cup dry Red Wine
  • 1 lb ground lean Meat (beef or veal)
  • ½ cup finely chopped Onion
  • 2 Garlic Cloves (crushed)
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 tbsp chopped Parsley
  • 2 tbsp grated Kefalograviera/Parmesan Cheese
  • ½ tsp Oregano
  • ½ tsp ground Cumin
  • Salt and Pepper (to taste)
  • Flour (for coating)
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil

    For the Sauce:
  • 2 lbs fresh Tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp Vinegar
  • 1 Garlic Clove (chopped)
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • ¾ tsp Sugar
  • ½ tsp ground Cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground Cloves
How to make Soutzoukakia:
  • Soak bread in wine. Squeeze out the bread and reserve the wine.
  • Combine the soaked bread with ground meat.
  • Mix onion, garlic, egg, parsley, cheese, oregano, cumin, salt, and pepper. Blend thoroughly.
  • Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  • Divide and shape the mixture into oval shaped balls.
  • Coat the balls in flour.
  • Heat olive oil in a non-sticky pan and fry the balls on medium-low heat until golden brown on all sides. Remove and set aside.
  • Add all the contents for preparing the sauce in the same oil along with the reserved wine.
  • Simmer on low heat until the sauce turns thick.
  • Toss in the fried balls, cover and simmer for another 10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and serve with steamed rice.