Souzoukakia (Greek Meatballs in tomato sauce)
It was a big day/night yesterday. Meat pies and sausage rolls for lunch, kilos of chocolate, 2 large bags of potato chips and of course, the obligatory alcohol to go with our ‘Friday the 13th’ movie marathon – 10 movies and I have to admit we only got to number 8 – finishing that at 5am and realising that I was still the only one awake – (the other two had dozed off) – I made everyone go to bed!
So, I’m the Queen of staying up late and sitting through all of mummy’s boy, Jason Voorhees’ kills. However, the most horrific thing about these films is not necessarily all the slashing, mincing and dicing but the ‘acting’. The acting is so poor that these films are borderline some of the best comedies I have ever seen and some of the characters are so unlikable that you just don’t give a shit what happens to them. In fact some of them are so awful that you find yourself on the side of the killer – egging Jason on – “Oh that asshole needs to die in the most horribly gruesome way!” and cheering for “Good ‘ol Jas” when he impales that obnoxious blonde rich boy on the back of an old man’s truck.
I don’t quite know what this says about the people who make these films or the people who watch and enjoy them but they are fun. We all agreed that we liked Jason best in the later films, where he maintained a steady walk in pursuit of his victims, not the running he did in the earlier films – which is why I’m a much bigger fan of the ‘Halloween’ movies with Michael Myers – the slasher King of slasher movies!
Of course this meant a slow day for me today and a pounding headache. I still had to be up early, so not much sleep was had but I did manage, after dropping my daughter off at work and a quick trip to the butcher, to squeeze in 2 nanna naps on the couch with the dog – she stayed up too but by film number 6 she was well and truly over it as well as out of it.
I managed to grumble something to the butcher about mincing up some beef for me and as he did so, my mind drifted off to various scenes from the previous nights’ gore fest – I imaged limbs and eye balls being pushed and squeezed through the mincer. Combined with my fuzzy head from the alcohol and my queazy gut from all the junk we ate, it took every bit of strength I had to stay upright. But as I was the Queen of staying up late, drinking and watching slasher movies, I knew I had a reputation to protect, so upright I stood, and even managed a smile for the butcher.
I kinda figured that I may as well combine the beef mince I had bought with the pork mince I had defrosted overnight and make a Greek dish called ‘souzoukakia’ (say it as it’s spelt). I don’t actually know what the literal translation is for this, I just know that this is what they are called. They’re oval shaped spiced meat balls fried and then cooked in a tomato sauce and are usually served with steamed rice or roast potatoes and salad. We went with the steamed rice. They are so incredibly tasty with all the spices and white wine in them and it was quite good to sit on the kitchen stool, stare off into space and roll them.
Overall I would say that I did rather well today considering I felt like 10 different types of pooh!
Some good shit right here:
1 kilo mince – I used a combination of beef and pork but you can use whatever you like.
5 cloves garlic
1/4 cup dry white wine
2 – 3 slices thick soaked crustless bread
oil for frying
flour for coating
4 tspn ground coriander
4 tspn ground cumin
2 tspn sweet paprika
1 tspn ground nutmeg
1 tspn cinnamon
1/2 tspn ground cloves
1/2 tspn cayenne pepper
2 tins crushed tomatoes
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 cup water
1 tsp butter
1/2 tspn cinnamon and 1/2 tspn allspice
Put all the mince and spice ingredients into a large bowl and knead well. Use your hands for this – it’s the only way.
Mould the mixture into small rolls of longish shape and coat them with flour.
Heat oil in large frying pan and fry until half done. Remove souzoukakia from pan and prepare sauce. Bring the sauce to the boil for 5 mins then turn down heat. Before the sauce thickens, add the little fried mince rolls and allow them to slowly boil on low heat for a further 10 – 15 mins.
Do I really need to tell you how to steam rice? – No, I thought not!
Serve with rice…Mmmmm…delish 🙂