About Food – Ossetian Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

In this traditional recipe from South Ossetia we show how to make meatballs in tomato sauce topped with a hard boiled egg. The dish is also popular in Shida Kartli region (Georgian: შიდა ქართლი).

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Ingredients for meat balls: 600 grams of minced beef, 2 eggs, 200 grams of white bread, 1 level tsp of Summer Savoury, 1 heaped tsp of black pepper, 200 ml of milk, 4 tbs of oil, 10 grams of parsley, 1 onion, and salt (amount dependent upon personal preference). And 4 eggs for topping the meatballs.

Ingredients for sauce: 5 juicy tomatoes, 40 grams of butter, 1 heaped tbs of white flour, 10 grams of parsley, 1 tsp of red pepper (or 1 thinly sliced hot red pepper), half tsp of black pepper, and salt (amount dependent upon personal preference).

Preparation (meatballs): Add 200 grams of white bread to a mixing bowl. Add 200 ml of milk and allow the bread to soak for 2-3 minutes. Firmly squash the bread to remove the milk. Add the milk soaked bread to a new mixing bowl, together with 600 grams of minced beef, 2 eggs, 1 level tsp of Summer Savoury, 1 heaped tsp of black pepper, and salt (amount dependent upon personal preference). Mix thoroughly.

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Finely chop 10 grams of parsley and 1 onion and add to the mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly.

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Preparation (sauce): Cut the tomatoes. Add to a blender and blend until the tomatoes are pureed.

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Add 40 grams of butter to a pan and heat until melted.

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Carefully add 1 heaped tbs of white flour.

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Continuously stir for 1 minute on a low heat.

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The mixture will bubble.

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Add the pureed tomatoes.

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Stir continuously whilst adding the tomato puree.

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Continue to stir for 2 minutes and then add 10 grams of finely chopped parsley, 1 tsp of red pepper (or 1 thinly sliced hot red pepper), half tsp of black pepper, and salt (amount dependent upon personal preference). Stir thoroughly and continue to cook at a low temperature for 2 minutes and then remove from the heat.

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Hard boil 4 eggs and cut in half.

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Use your hands to mold the minced beef into 7-8 ball shaped portions. Add half an egg to each of the portions, pressing firmly.

Placing the egg in the minced meat

Each meatball should look like the picture below.

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Add the meatballs to a pan containing 4 tbs of oil.

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Add two thirds of the tomato sauce and cook (covered) in an oven for 30 minutes at 180 C.

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After 30 minutes, add the remaining one third of the tomato sauce and continue to cook for a further 15 minutes.

Ossetian Meatballs

Serving: Serve hot.

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Enjoy your Ossetian Meatballs in Tomato Sauce!

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One Response to “About Food – Ossetian Meatballs in Tomato Sauce”
  1. So cool with the eggs and obviously delicious.

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