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July 31, 2018

For those who enjoy spicy and intense flavors, there’s no better way to start your meal than with soutzoukakia — delicious and spicy meatballs served in tomato sauce.

The Greek name for this dish means “spicy little sausages.” Years ago, soutzoukakia was brought to mainland Greece from Greeks who lived in Turkey and adopted Turkish culinary traditions. Nowadays, it is a popular dish in both Greece and Turkey. It typically features aromatic meatballs, called “kofta,” that have been generously spiced and served in a rich tomato sauce.

Koftas are not ordinary meatballs. They are normally oblong or cylindrical in shape, rather than spherical. As a result, they look more like miniature sausages than actual balls of meat. Commonly featured in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines, koftas are made with minced meat — such as beef, chicken, lamb, or pork — and mixed with various spices. The meat is also often combined with rice, vegetables, and eggs to create a smooth consistency.

While koftas figure prominently in many Mediterranean dishes, soutzoukakia is one of the best ways for people to enjoy the complex and rich flavors of these spicy oblong meatballs. In soutzoukakia, the meatballs are served in a tomato ragu made from ripe tomatoes — a sweet, aromatic sauce that elevates the spicy flavors in the meatballs. In the Greek version of this dish, the tomato sauce-drenched meatballs are eaten with flavorful rice.

At Nerai, our soutzoukakia is made from a mouth-watering combination of minced beef and lamb meat, rye bread crumbs, red onions, eggs, parsley, tomato juice, and oregano. The meatballs are cooked for two hours and served with a flavorful tomato ragu made from fresh tomatoes, carrots, onions, celery, and leeks. Our soutzoukakia is served over herbed and spiced rice, along with crumbled manouri cheese and fried dill.

Our Greek meatballs are little bites that are simply bursting with rich and intense flavors. It is the perfect way to whet your appetite and get ready for our larger, but equally tasty, entrees.