Sunday Lunch at Yiayia’s


On weekends I like to cook for everyone, my sis-in-law, us, parents-in-law, everyone! But we almost always eat over at my in-laws. They live right next door so taking casseroles and dishes over is no big hassle. They have a bigger balcony and basically a bigger house so it’s just more convenient really. This weekend aside from the tiropita I also made Smyrna style meatballs (soutzoukakia) and served them with mashed potatoes and homemade french fries for the kids. They came out totally delicious! A very nice way to end the weekend, if I must say so myself 🙂

What you’ll need:
1 kilo ground beef
1/2 cup finely ground up bread
2 pieces of garlic, mashed
4 tbsp. Mavrodafne (sweet red wine)
2 eggs
1 tbsp. cumin
1 tsp. sweet red pepper

For the sauce:
1 kilo tomatoes, finely chopped
1/3 cup olive oil
1 pinch of sugar
salt and pepper

Mix all the ingredients you’ll need for the meatballs in one bowl and knead it really well. Let it rest in the fridge for 15 minutes. Next, make your sauce. Just add all the ingredients in your pan and once the sauce has thickened that’s when you know it’s ready. After you’ve made the soutzoukakia into the oblong shape they’re supposed to look like I prefer to put mine in the oven at 200d/C for about 15 minutes before adding them to the sauce. My mother-in-law fries hers first, but this is a much healthier alternative. Just drop them in the sauce and let them soak in the pan for another 15 minutes and voila! Enjoy:-)

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