Soutzoukakia (Greek Meatballs in a Tomato Sauce) Recipe

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  • 2 slices thick dense bread (crusts removed)
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp grated kefalograviera cheese (parmesan makes an excellent substitute) or 2 tbsp mizithra cheese (parmesan makes an excellent substitute)
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • salt and pepper
  • flour (for dredging)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 3/4 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves


  1. Soak the bread in the wine for about 5 minutes, or until thoroughly softened.
  2. Then, squeeze out and reserve the excess wine.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the ground meat with the wine soaked bread, onion, garlic, egg, parsley, grated cheese, cumin, and salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Mix the ingredients until thoroughly blended.
  5. Cover and chill for 1 to 2 hours.
  6. Dampen your hands, pinch off small portions of meat mixture, about the quantity of a teaspoon or just over, and shape into approximately 20 oval rolls (looks sort of like an elongated, slightly flattened, meatball).
  7. Dredge them in flour.
  8. Heat olive oil in a large frying pan.
  9. Add the meatballs and fry until browned all over, turning occasionally and allowing time for the meat to cook thoroughly. (alternatively, if you want a 'lighter' recipe, you could just brown in a non-stick pan or bake them in the oven - not as flavourful, but still good).
  10. Remove from the pan using a slotted spoon and set aside.
  11. Strain the oil you fried the meatballs in through a fine sieve into a cooking pan.
  12. Add all the sauce ingredients, and the reserved wine.
  13. Bring to a boil and simmer until the sauce is thick.
  14. Drop in the meatballs, stir to cover all over with the sauce, and simmer covered for 15 minutes.
  15. Serve hot with rice, french fries, or mashed potatoes.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 315.48 Kcal (1321 kJ)
Calories from fat 124.91 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13.88g 21%
Cholesterol 111.21mg 37%
Sodium 105.8mg 4%
Potassium 1038.86mg 22%
Total Carbs 13.68g 5%
Sugars 8.41g 34%
Dietary Fiber 3.03g 12%
Protein 27.97g 56%
Vitamin C 36.4mg 61%
Iron 2.9mg 16%
Calcium 60.9mg 6%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 75.73 Kcal (317 kJ)
Calories from fat 29.98 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3.33g 21%
Cholesterol 26.7mg 37%
Sodium 25.4mg 4%
Potassium 249.37mg 22%
Total Carbs 3.28g 5%
Sugars 2.02g 34%
Dietary Fiber 0.73g 12%
Protein 6.71g 56%
Vitamin C 8.7mg 61%
Iron 0.7mg 16%
Calcium 14.6mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 6.9
  • 7

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • very low sodium

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