Stewed Meatballs with Spices (Soutzoukakia)
Stewed meatballs the Istanbul way! An easy traditional Soutzoukakia recipe with spices, red sauce and minced beef.
Stewed Meatballs with Spices (Soutzoukakia)


600 gr. minced beef 5 slices of crustless, stale bread 150 ml. red wine 4 garlic cloves 1 tsp cumin ¼ tsp cinnamon ¼ tsp nutmeg salt pepper Horio Classic olive oil Flour (for frying)

INGREDIENTS For the sauce

1 onion 2 garlic cloves 200 gr. Chopped tomatoes 200 ml. Tomato juice 200 ml. Red wine 2 tbsp Horio Cow Butter 1 tsp sugar 1 cinnamon stick 3-4 allspice berries 2-3 cloves freshly ground pepper salt


  1. Puree the garlic and soak bread in red wine.
  2. In a bowl, place minced beef and add the bread, cumin, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt & pepper (to taste)
  3. Knead the mixture for 5 minutes and set aside for 10 minutes.
  4. (For the sauce) Chop onion and garlic and add all sauce ingredients in a saucepan, simmer until thick sauce is created.
  5. Knead meatball ingredients into oblong-shaped soutzoukakia and lightly sprinkle with flour and then we either fry in olive oil or bake, until golden brown
  6. Once prepared, drizzle with sauce and serve!

Traditionally, soutzoukakia are prepared with a mixture of minced beef and lamb.