Thursday, 18 July 2013

Helen's Greek soutzoukakia .. meat balls in garlic sauce !!

HELENS GREEK SOUTZOUKAKIA
meat balls in garlic sauce

Welcome to my yummy world of cooking for my family something I really enjoy doing !!

Today I'm going to show you all how to make soutzoukakia  it's something like meatballs with a garlic sauce .They are sooo tasty !!

Well then let's get started you are going to need ...\

1 kilo of beef minced meat 
1 big onion chopped
1 cup dried bread crumbs
1/2 cup olive oil
1 cup water (maybe a little less )
1 egg
parsley chopped
about one table spoon of each salt -pepper
1 table spoon of cumin

First put your meat in a bowl add all the above ingredients and mix it up well ... if you are  a bit squeamish use gloves ... I used gloves today to keep my hands clean to take the photos lol

when its all mixed up it should look like this
Now the next step is to make the meatballs ...but we dont want them round we want them more like oblong chubby things and to make them look really nice without getting sticky hands I have a little secret put a little oil in a bowl not much and every meatball you make put a drop on your hands see the photo below 
                                                          use about the size of a large egg for each meatball





now make all of them and put them on a tray or plate ,when you have them all made get out your frying pan we are going to part cook them to make them super tasty.put a small amount of olive oil in the pan and brown them lightly don't over heat the oil just enough to cook them lightly we don't need to cook them right through just enough to seal the meat .

                                                                                                                                                                         




        



Ok how are you all getting on when you have part cooked them put them straight into an oven tray  ...Don't throw the oil away in the frying pan  we are going to use it (if it has over heated and gone very dark throw it away and use fresh olive oil) ..In the frying pan you should have just about one cup of oil maybe even a little less if it looks too much carefully empty some out I did with mine today..... by the way the aroma coming out of my oven is sooooo good I can't wait to eat lol .
Ok back to cooking for the sauce you will need  .At this point turn your oven on to a medium heat mine is electric and I put it on 180

2 cups of tomato canned or fresh 
3-4 cloves of garlic
salt pepper
1 teaspoon of cumin
a pinch of oregano (optional)
2 cups of water
turn your frying pan on again not too high we don't want to burn anything  add the garlic then tomato ,salt pepper ,cumin and oregano add 2 cups of water and let it simmer for about 10 mins
Next step is too carefully pour the tomato sauce over the meat balls 


Now make sure your oven is hot and ready (that sounds a bit naughty lol) carefully using oven gloves because your oven tray will be hot from the hot food already in it ... put it into your oven close the door and wait for about 25 mins then again carefully turn your meatballs so they cook beautifully all over  let them cook about another 15-20 mins until the sauce looks nice and  well you know not watery just perfect .

Well then that wasn't to hard was it ??  
serve with rice or chips or mash or even spaghetti 
ENJOY !!

Feel free to ask me any questions in the comments below 
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Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Helen's Greek Lentils Recipe

Helen's  Greek  Lentil soup  recipe 


I know It's been a while since I last wrote any recipe blogs so here is today's

This is a very healthy and vegetarian dish  great for kids ,my grandson loves them!!

Now first of all lets get all the ingredients, you will need ....

2 cups  Lentils
2 cups  fresh  tomatoes /or canned
1 big onion
garlic
1 cup olive oil (maybe a little more )
salt /pepper to taste
2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon vinegar
water
(you can also add carrots and potato cut into little cubes )


Lentils are really quiet easy to make first of all put your lentils on a plate or tray and sift through them to make sure there are no little stones ..believe me its worth checking iv'e found plenty

 ..Then put them in a pan cover with water about 2 in over .Put the pan on to boil .

 sometimes they cook really fast sometimes they don't mine took about 20 mins today ,after about 10-15 mins check if they are soft just by squeezing one with your fingers (be careful they are hot) you want them to be soft but not mushy.

once they are soft pour them carefully into a strainer over the sink and rinse .

 Next chop your onion and garlic
 put your pan back on the stove medium heat  and add the olive oil ,onion and garlic

let it brown lightly add your tomato and about another 2 cups of water  salt and pepper to taste and bay leaves .

Leave it for about 10 mins to boil ,Now add the boiled lentils to your tomato and the vinegar  let it all cook for about another 10 mins

 . That's it your done !!!


Lentils are really nice when served with a yummy salad with plenty of Greek feta cheese ...ENJOY !!!
if you have any questions please do comment below ...
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