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    1 hr 45 mins

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    Tomato Sauce


    1. 1
      Put the ground beef in a bowl with the grated onion, garlic, oregano, cumin, parsley, mint, and pepper and add salt.
    2. 2
      Rinse, and then scald the rice by pouring boiling water over it in a bowl; leave to soak for 5 minutes.
    3. 3
      Drain, add to the beef, and mix all ingredients well; form small sausage shapes.
    4. 4
      Heat the oil in a large skillet and fry the meatballs until brown; drain on paper towels.
    5. 5
      Add the onion to the oil remaining in the pan and fry over gentle heat until translucent.
    6. 6
      Add the garlic, cinnamon, and honey and stir until caramelized.
    7. 7
      Add the chopped tomato, season, and simmer for about 15 minutes until the sauce has reduced.
    8. 8
      Add the vegetable broth and the meatballs; cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
    9. 9
      Sprinkle with chopped herbs.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on May 24, 2002


      This was a superb meal! I even tucked into it when it was cold, so delicious! I processed the meat again to make it finer and softer and I used vegetable broth for the tomato sauce otherwise I kept to the ingredients exactly. A beautiful flavour with the fresh mint and parsley, very, very tasty. Thanks for posting, this was a hit with everyone!

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    • on April 04, 2011


      This was awesome! I look forward to some leftovers. I followed the recipe pretty closely, but the rice wasn't fully cooked by the time it was ready. I would recommend soaking the rice for an additional five minutes or so.

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    • on January 10, 2009


      I made this last night and it was excellent. I did a few things differently. I doubled the meat and baked them in the oven. Froze a pan so that I'll have them for later. I couldn't find oregano so I substituted dill. And I didn't have the mint. I used leftover rice and put in at least a cup per pound, maybe a little more. I used Del Monte diced tomatoes; highly recommend that brand. Next time, I will try it with the ingredients listed. But even with my changes, it was delicious. I was looking for an alternative to the simple Jeff Smith/Frugal gourmet recipe. This far exceeded my expectation.

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    Nutritional Facts for Youvarlakia

    Serving Size: 1 (348 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 5

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 397.5
    Calories from Fat 225
    Total Fat 25.0 g
    Saturated Fat 6.9 g
    Cholesterol 61.6 mg
    Sodium 75.8 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 24.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 3.7 g
    Sugars 9.9 g
    Protein 20.1 g

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    vegetable broth

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