Soutzoukakia smyrneika sausages, smryna style

Ingredients

4 tbsp butter; melted
1 lb tomatoes; peeled
1 tsp granulated sugar
1 salt & freshly ground pepper
3 garlic cloves; crushed
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 small bay leaf

1 lb lean ground beef
2 bread slices*
1 tsp ground cumin
1 egg; lightly beaten
2 tsp parsley; minced
1 tsp salt (or more to taste)
1 pn freshly ground pepper

1 oil for frying

How to prepare

*Note: remove crusts from bread slices, soak bread in water and squeeze dry. Combine the melted butter, tomatoes, sugar, salt & pepper, 1 clove of garlic, wine, and bay leaf in a saucepan. Simmer for 30 minutes, then strain through a fine sieve or food mill. Meanwhile, combine the remaining ingredients in a large bowl and knead thoroughly. (the mixture should not be stiff.) Pinch off pieces a little larger than a walnut and shape with the hands into elongated egg shapes about 1 3″. Fry them lightly on all sides in hot oil and then drain on paper towels, or arrange them on a baking dish and bake in a 375 degree oven for 20 minutes, turning once. Drop the soutzoukia in sauce and simmer for 15 minutes. Serve with a steaming grain dish and fresh, cooked vegetables or salad.

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