Greek Market Meatballs with Cumin and Pepper

Author: Canadian Living

The Greek Market in Winnipeg offers customers Greek products, in-house Greek food and cooking classes. The food is sold cold for reheating at home. Among the many favourites - including stuffed vegetables, cheese pie, and chicken breast stuffed with red peppers and olives - are these cumin-flavoured meatballs called sousoukakia.

  • Portion size 6 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: September 2003

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 1 small onion quartered
  • 4 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup dry breadcrumbs
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Tomato Sauce:
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1 can crushed tomato
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

Method

Tomato Sauce: In large saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat; sauté onion until golden, about 5 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, wine, sugar, salt, pepper and cumin. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile, in food processor, pulse together oil, garlic, onion, cumin, pepper and salt until smooth. Add eggs; pulse just until mixed. Add bread crumbs and beef; pulse just until mixed.

Using about 2 tbsp (25 mL) of the beef mixture for each, shape into 2-inch (5 cm) long ovals. Place on rimmed baking sheet; bake in 400°F (200°C) oven until no longer pink inside, about 15 minutes. (Make-ahead: Let sauce and meatballs cool for 30 minutes; refrigerate until cold. Mix together and refrigerate in airtight container for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 2 weeks. Thaw in refrigerator before continuing.)

Add meatballs to sauce; cover and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve sprinkled with parsley.

Nutritional facts <b>Per serving:</b> about

  • Sodium 983 mg
  • Protein 22 g
  • Calories 387.0
  • Total fat 21 g
  • Cholesterol 107 mg
  • Saturated fat 6 g
  • Total carbohydrate 29 g

%RDI

  • Iron 44.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 16.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 12.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 13.0
  • Vitamin C 27.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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