Youvarlakia

Course : Greek
Serves: 5
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Ingredients:

1 pound ground beef
1/4 pound onion -- grated
3 cloves garlic -- minced
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons minced flat-leaf parsley
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup long-grain rice
4 tablespoons fruity olive oil
1/2 cup ---tomato sauce---
4 cloves garlic -- minced
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon honey
2 pounds tomatoes skinned -- seeded and chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup herb broth or water
2 tablespoons minced flat-leaf parsley
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh basil
 

Preparation / Directions:

Put the ground beef in a bowl with the grated onion, garlic, oregano, cumin, parsley, mint, and pepper and add salt. Rinse, then scald the rice by pouring boiling water over it in a bowl; leave to soak for 5 minutes. Drain, add to the beef, and mix all ingredients well. Form small sausage shapes. Heat the oil in a large skillet and fry the meatballs until brown. Drain on paper towels. Add the onion to the oil remaining in the pan and fry over gentle heat until translucent. Add the garlic, cinnamon, and honey and stir until caramelized. Add the chopped tomato, season, and simmer for about 15 minutes until the sauce has reduced. Add the herb broth and the meatballs. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with chopped herbs. Source: Recipes from a Greek Island - by Susie Jacobs ISBN: 0-671-74531-X


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