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Soutzoukakia Smyrneika (Smyrna meatballs)

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Smyrna Meatballs (Greek: σουτζουκάκια σμυρνέικα, soutzoukakia smyrneika, Greek pronunciation: [sudzuˈkaca smirˈneika]; Turkish: İzmir köfte) is a typical Greek preparation made of spicy large and elongated meatballs with cumin, cinnamon and garlic, served in a characteristic tomato sauce. This dish is very popular both, in Greece and Turkey, as well as all over the world. They are usually garnished with pilaf rice or potato puree. This dish was brought to Greece by refugees from Smyrna, modern İzmir.

The meatballs are made with minced meat of veal and pork, grated bread, egg, garlic and parsley, and generously spiced with cumin, cinnamon, salt and pepper. They are floured before being fried in olive oil. The tomato sauce has tomato, onion, garlic, a bay leaf, salt and pepper, and olive oil. Some may also add a little wine, honey or sugar, or a cinnamon stick.

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