Tuesday, June 29, 2010

"SoudZoukakia" - SmyRna Sausages

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SoudZouKaKia(soo-tsoo-KAH-kyah). Huh???!!! Yeah,I know. The name is quite a mouthful.Almost all greek dishes are named that way.It also goes by the name SmyRna Sausage/Meatballs. This dish was brought to Greece by refugees from Smyrna, modern Izmir(Turkey). A typical Greek preparation made of spicy large and elongated meatballs with cumin, cinnamon and garlic, served in a characteristic tomato sauce.It is traditionally made with ground lamb but I have made this with ground turkey. Ground chicken would go equally well.
Sending this to Joanne's Greek-Themed Regional Recipes Event and to Presto Pasta Nights
  • Any Ground Meat - 1 1/2 pound ( I used Butterball Lean Ground Turkey)
  • Stale Whole Wheat Bread - 2 slices, crumbed
  • Onion - 1, large
  • Garlic - 3 cloves, minced
  • Mint - 2 tbsp, finely chopped
  • Parsley - 2 tbsp, finely chopped
  • Ground Cumin - 1 1/2 tsp
  • All Spice - 1/4 tsp (Cinnamon Powder can be substituted)
  • Salt for taste
  • Cracked pepper - 1 1/2 tsp or less
  • Egg - 1, whisked
  • Oil - 2 tbsp
  • Bertolli Organic Olive Oil, Basil & Garlic Sauce - 1 1/2 cups
  • In a large bowl, mix all of the above ingredients except the Bertolli Sauce and Olive oil.
  • Knead the mixture like a dough for 5 minutes.If the mixture is mushy add crumb of another slice of bread.
  • Refrigerate the mixture for an hour or so.
  • Divide the mixture into 25- 30 even balls. 
  • Shape each balls into oblongs(mini sausages).
  • Shallow fry the sausages in a wide bottomed pan in olive oil 2 minutes per side or till its evenly browned.
  • Mix the Bertolli sauce with a cup of water and add it to the pan.
  • Lid the pan and cool the sausages in the pan for 10-12 minutes.
  • Cook for 5 more minutes without the lid or until the sauce has thickened.
  • Serve it with any pasta of choice.
Makes 25-30 mini sausages.

  • A part of this can be frozen for up-to 2 weeks.
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  1. wow..Looks yummy, Lassie, we love it, what a color and the name is unique too...:-)

    Kairali sisters

  2. mmmmmmmm....buonissimo!aspettami per cena!!:-)))

  3. This would be an amazingly flavorful dish served up with pasta. Nice!

  4. Dont Comment on taste Dear but pics are very good

  5. wat a colorful click dear.. Another innovative healthy food dish from you. Thanx for sharing.

  6. மிகவும் வித்தியசமான குறிப்பு...பெயரும் தான்..சூப்பப்ர்...

  7. Awesome Greek dish and great clicks.
    Send me a portion please ♥

  8. This sounds delicious. Wonderful ingredients..a nice, hearty meal:) This is making me very hungry. I am going to make my dinner now; too bad I don't have all the ingredients for this right now.

  9. Feel like grabbing that plate, truly tempting and irresistible..

  10. This sounds really good. I like all those flavores going on! Yum!

  11. très appétissant et très tentant
    bonne soirée

  12. Un plat plein de saveurs. Il doit être délicieux.
    A bientôt.

  13. Beautiful blog. Came from Meeta's blog. great recipes, french toast with mango flavors are some of the innovative ones.
    Best wishes.

  14. those sausages look incredibly delicious! Love the Greek flavors! And the complicated name. So much fun to say.

  15. looks so tempting! i like the spices and herbs that you added to this dish here.

  16. colour full dear...and delisious.... tooo i would love to hve sme from it..

  17. so glad i found your blog this recipe looks DELICIOUS

  18. So fun to see the pronunciation. Love the crispy brown exterior of your meatballs. They look delicious.

  19. Beautiful looking dish, it looks so good with the delicious sauce!

  20. What a name for these! No matter, they look positively delicious. Love the spices in them - so different from Italian style.

  21. Awesome!!awesome!!! really mouthwatering and yummy

  22. looks good! I could probably make the same with ground soy, I guess. And that picture is so well taken!

  23. Hi dearie CL, hru doing there??? Always think of U when I'm having a lassi ya! hehehe ;)

    What a splendid dish! I simply loved it...looks so yumm!

  24. u have a good collection of variety of recipes,.. liked this greek dish.. . looks so colorful and question did u use lamb here

  25. Ok now, this looks really yummy and i am vegetarian !! what to do what to do.... haha

  26. @PranisKitchen - Lamb should be used if you want an authentic version. I used Butterball Lean Ground Turkey. I had left it blank by mistake. Thanks for the reminder

  27. They look great. My mother comes from Asia Minor and we cook them a lot at our home.

  28. Kali Orexi! (or Greek for bon appetit!) This looks super - will try it with lamb since I can get hold of it very easily.

  29. Oh my goodness, this recipe sounds fantastic, Lassi! You're making really really hungry, girl. I can almost smell it from here. Can't wait to try out soon. Thanks alot for sharing. Have a nice day.
    Cheers, Kristy


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