For the meatballs (soutzoukakia)

800gground beef
4 clovesgarlic
1 tbspground cumin
1/2 tspcinnamon
1/4cup of olive oil
1 cupbreadcrumbs
freshly ground pepper

For the tomato sauce

3cups tomato juice (passata)
1onion, grated
1cup red wine
2 clovesgarlic
1 tbsptomato paste
olive oil
1tsp sugar
freshly ground pepper
1 tspcumin
1bay leaf
2 tbspgreen olives, pitted (optional)
  1. To prepare the soutzoukakia, knead all ingredients together and leave the mixture in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Shape into oblong meatballs and shallow fry gently in oil till golden brown. Alternatively for a lighter dish, bake the soutzoukakia till golden brown.
  2. To prepare the tomato sauce for the soutzoukakia, sauté the onion in olive oil. Add the squashed garlic and fry for 3-4 minutes until the onions are tender. Add the wine, the tomato juice, sugar, cumin, tomato paste, the bay leaf and season with salt and freshly ground pepper. Bring to a boil and simmer, until the sauce starts to thicken.
  3. Add the fried/ baked soutzoukakia in the tomato sauce and stir gently, being careful not to brake them. Leave to simmer in low heat for 15 minutes, enabling the meatballs to absorb all the wonderful flavours from the tomato sauce.
  4. Serve the soutzoukakia (baked meatballs) while still hot with some rice or mashed potatoes and lots of tomato sauce. Enjoy!!
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