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Suzukakia – Σουτζουκάκια – Meatballs in tomato sauce

4 comments Jul 9th, 2010 | By | Category: Meat and Poultry, Recipes


A good example of politiki kuzina is Suzukakia. A few words of explanation are needed here. The Greeks call food that originates from the cities of Konstantinopel or Smirni or the Asia Minor coast as Politiki Kuzina. This expression comes from calling Konstantinopel (Istanbul) – I Poli, the “city”

Preparation time: 5 minutes

cooking time: 30 minutes

difficulty: easy


  • 500 gram ground beef
  • one onion
  • 2 large tomatoes
  • some parsley
  • one egg
  • 2 tea spoons cumin
  • some cinnamon
  • some sugar
  • some olive oil
  • salt and pepper


Chop the onion and the parsley. Mix them in a bowl with the minced beef. Season with the cumin, a pinch of salt, salt and pepper. Add the egg and mix well.

Form small meat balls and fry them in a pan with some oil until brown.

Meanwhile cube the tomato. Cook in a pan with a pinch of sugar, salt and pepper and a pinch of cinnamon for 10 minutes.

Add the fried meatballs and let them cook for 10 minutes.

Serve with rice or puree.


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  1. A scrumptious dish! Meatballs are fantastic.



  2. How many tomatoes, and about how long does it take to cook the sauce…?

  3. Hi Stamatia:
    You will need about 500 gram of tomato. The sauce cooks quite fast. About 10 minutes should do.

  4. No,no onion and parsley at soutsoukakia.Only garlic …and 100-150 gr bread ,and 125 ml red wine.They are not meatballs.(from a old smirnia lady )
    Your blog is very nice.Good morning!

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