Meat Rissoles with Green Olives ( Soutzoukakia)

Meat Rissoles With Green Olives ( Soutzoukakia) Recipe

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Carolyn Haas


Any recipe with green olives speaks to me...
Taken from the Complete Book of Greek Cooking by Salaman and Cutler.


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2 or 3 medium
slices of bread, crust removed
1 1/2 lb
ground lamb or beef or combination
2 clove
garlic, crushed
1 Tbsp
ground cumin
egg, lightly beaten
1/4 c
all purpose flour
3 Tbsp
sunflower oil, for frying
salt and pepper


3 Tbsp
oilive oil
1 tsp
cumin seeds
14 oz
can chopped tomatoes
1 Tbsp
tomato paste diluted in 2/3 cup hot water
1/2 tsp
dried oregano
green olives, rinsed and drained

How to Make Meat Rissoles with Green Olives ( Soutzoukakia)


  • 1Soak the bread in water for 10 minutes. Drain, squeeze dry and place in large bowl. Add meat, garlic, cumin and egg. Season with salt and pepper. Mix either with for or hands until blended.
  • 2Take walnut sized handfuls of meat mixture and roll into short slim sausage shapes, set aside, roll the rissoles lightly in flour.
  • 3Heat sunflower oil in large skillet and fry the rissoles until golden on all sides.
  • 4SAUCE: heat olive oil in a large pan. Add cumin seeds and swirl them around for a few seconds until aromatic. Add tomatoes, diluted tomato paste and mix well.
  • 5Add the rissoles. Stir in oregano and olives plus salt and pepper to taste. Spoon sauce over rissoles, cover pan, shaking occasionally until everything is heated through.

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About Meat Rissoles with Green Olives ( Soutzoukakia)

Course/Dish: Other Main Dishes
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Greek

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