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greek style meatballs and tomato sauce

Recipe by
Catherine Cappiello Pappas
Amityville, NY

Enjoy these meatballs with friends and family as I did and your cares will soon seem miles away!

yield 5 serving(s)
prep time 10 Min
cook time 25 Min
method Pan Fry

Ingredients For greek style meatballs and tomato sauce

  • for the meatballs:
  • 3 ½ lbs. fresh ground beef
  • 4-5 cloves garlic – chopped fine
  • ½ cup italian parsley – chopped fine
  • ½ cup of grated romano or parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 slices white bread – crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 slice of lemon – with rind – chopped fine
  • feta cheese for garnish
  • for the tomato sauce:
  • 35 oz. can whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1 bunch scallions - chopped
  • 1 onion – sliced
  • 3-4 cloves garlic – chopped
  • ½ cup italian parsley – chopped
  • 1 slice of lemon – with rind
  • 1 tbs. sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • ¼ tsp. red pepper
  • ½ tsp. turmeric
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

How To Make greek style meatballs and tomato sauce

  • 1
    For the Meatballs: Combine all of the above ingredients, except the Feta cheese, in a bowl and mix with your hands. Do not over mix. Form into desired size meatballs. For frying the meatballs: Heat a large cast iron frying pan with 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. When the meatballs are a nice golden on one side gently roll over and continue cooking. The meatballs are done when they are completely golden and slightly firm. For the Tomato Sauce: Heat a sauce pan with the olive oil. Add the lemon slice, scallions, onions, garlic and parsley; sauté until the onion slightly clear and the garlic fragrant. Add the tomatoes and the seasonings and simmer on low for approximately one hour. Gently, crush the tomatoes with a masher. Taste the sauce to adjust the seasonings. When the meatballs are cooked gently add them to the sauce and leave on a low heat. The meatballs add a delicious flavor to the sauce. Serve garnished with Feta cheese.