Greek meat sausages with tomato sauce - Soutzoukakia Smyrneika

I absolutely love Greek food! It is probably one of my favorite food. I'm biased though mostely because I've had the chance to go to Greece and taste their authentic cuisine. I just loved everything, from the ingredients to the taste, from the essence to the flavor to the overall taste. It's so authentic, yet so natural and just so good. All I can say is that I have a small spot in my heart for anything Greek: like this wonderful rustic dish, meat sausages cooked in a tomato sauce!!

Ingredients (serves 4):  

For the meat sausages:
1 lb (500 g) ground beef
2 slices of bread with the crusts removed
1/4 cup of red or white wine
1 onion finely chopped
3 garlic cloves minced
1 egg lightly beaten
3 tbsp of chopped parsley
1 tsp of ground cumin
salt and pepper to taste

For the tomato sauce: 
2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1 can of chopped tomatoes
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1/2 tsp cinnamon
salt and pepper to taste

Prepare your sauce:
In a skillet, heat the olive oil and saute the onion and garlic until translucent. Add the chopped tomatoes, cinnamon, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil then lower the heat and let them simmer 25 mn until thickened.

Prepare the meat sausages:
Soak the bread in wine until softened. Squeeze it well and mix it with the other ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well with your hands until everything is combined.

Cover and chill in the refrigerator for an hour. Once chilled, remove and shape the meat mixture into sausage shape.

Heat a griddle pan and brush it with a bit of olive oil. Cook the meat sausages until browned on all sides.

Add the meat sausages to the sauce and cook for about 10 mn.

Serve them with rice, mash or fried potatoes.

Boulettes de viande à la grecque

Ingrédients (4 personnes):  

Pour la viande:
500 g viande hachée
2 tranches épaisses de pain rassi
60ml de vin rouge ou blanc
1 oignon, finement émincé
3 gousses d'ail, hachées
1 oeuf, légèrement battu
3 c. soupe de persil haché (frais)
1 càc de cumin
sel et poivre selon goût

Pour la sauce tomate: 
2 càs d'huile d'olive
1 oignon, finement émincé
1 boîte de tomates concassées
2 gousses d'ail, émincés
1/2 càc de cannelle
sel et poivre selon goût

Préparer la sauce:
Faire revenir oignon et ail dans un peu d'huile dans une poêle. Ajouter ensuite les tomates, la canelle et assaisonner. Une fois que cela boue, baisser le feu et laisser mijoter pendant environ 25 minutes. Laisser refroidir ensuite.

Préparer les boulettes:
Faites tremper le pain dans le vin, puis essorer et mettre dans un saladier.
Ajouter le reste des ingredients : la viande, l'oeuf, l'oignon, l'ail, persil, sel poivre et cumin. Malaxer.
Couvrir et mettre au frigo 1h.
Sortir du frigo et avec des mains humides former des "boulettes" ou plutots des petits boudins et les mettre sur un papier sulfurisé au fur et à mesure.
Chauffer une poêle (une poêle grill est conseillée) avec un peu d'huile. Cuire les soutzoukakia sur tous les côtés jusqu'à ce qu'elles soient cuites (environ 10min).
Rechauffer votre sauce et mettre les soutzoukakia dedans, laissez mijoter ainsi pendant 10 min.

Servir immédiatement avec du riz ou de la purée de pomme de terre.



  1. I love anything that is bathed in Tomato Sauce. This looks perfect as a weekday dinner.

  2. One of my fave dishes...hands down..great pics, Chico!

  3. So scrummy and comforting!



  4. Oh my goodness, your photos making this even look marvelous!

  5. YUM! I'd love to make this. I think it's something we order on a sampler platter at a local Greek resto. One of the best things on the plate.

  6. je me verrai bien saucer ! ça a l'air super bon!

  7. They are very much like "cevapcici".My husband will definitely love those mini sausages!

  8. This sounds so flavoursome! Perfect dish for our rainy weather here in Sydney!

  9. I looooove Greek food, the flavors are fantastic. Your dish looks mouthwatering.

  10. Those sounds delicious and comforting! I love the flavors in the sausage and tomato sauce.

  11. Cherine, your Greek meat sausage look fantastic...great recipe and I love the pictures. Have a great week :-)

  12. Looks so good I could eat the entire plate! Your photos are outstanding! by the way these remind me a lot of our Lebanese kaftas!

  13. This looks good!!!! It reminds me of that meatball dish with the eggs that I made of yours - is it similar in taste?

  14. @ Jolene: It's a bit similar in taste, but this dish you serve it with rice, mashed or fried potatoes!

  15. Ooo, it sounds and looks delicious! I've really got to explore Greek cuisine further...

  16. Hello from Greece!!

    I love"Soutzoukakia Smyrneika" and they look delicious!!!

    I love the pictures :))


  17. Oooh, This is making me really hungry! Beautiful dish, Chicho.



  18. Greek food is so alluring. I'd love to visit the country some day. This sauce sounds delicious with the addition of cinnamon!

  19. Cherine, I can tell I would just love this! So earthy and hearty.

  20. I don't know a great deal about Greek food, and I had no idea it would include things like beef sausages. I love the mix of flavours the cumin and red wine would bring to the meat as well. Do you think dried oregano or fresh thyme would be good in there too?

    At any rate, I think I will have to dig out my copy of Vefa's Kitchen, or maybe just get me down to Greece asap ;)

  21. One of my favorite meals! They look fantastic!

  22. This looks very yummy and easy to put together. I love the combination of cumin and cinnamon.

  23. Looks very good, thanks for sharing the recipe.

  24. So delicious! It's a shame that I can't eat this 'cause I'll participate in a race so I need a perfect weight to be able to run.


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