Soutzoukakia with Saffron

Soutzoukakia with Saffron


  • 500g ground beef
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp Saffron powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 3 slices bread, stale
  • 1 cup MYLOPOTAMOS NAMA wine
  • salt
  • freshly ground pepper

For the sauce

  • 1 kg fresh tomatoes, grated
  • 2 tbsp olive oil or butter
  • 4 threads Saffron
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 pinch sugar
  • 2-3 allspice berries
  • salt
  • pepper


Soak the bread in the wine, squeeze dry and crumble into breadcrumbs.
Put the wine aside.
In a bowl, put the ground beef, the bread and the rest of the ingredients for the soutzoukakia and knead together to combine. Put the ground beef mixture in the refrigerator for a bit.
Heat up some olive oil in a pan on medium to high heat. Knead the ground beef into oblong meatballs, dipping our hands in the wine between each one.
Fry for 2-3 minutes.
Combine all ingredients for the sauce.
Boil the sauce for 10-15 minutes until it thickens.
Add the soutzoukakia to the tomato sauce and cook for about 10 minutes.

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