|Alternative name(s)||İzmir köfte|
|Place of origin||Turkey|
|Region or state||İzmir|
|Main ingredient(s)||Minced meat (usually beef), bread crumbs, egg, garlic, and parsley, and generously spiced with cumin, cinnamon, salt, and pepper.|
|Variations||Ciorbă de perişoare, Sulu köfte, Yuvarlak, Tabriz meatballs|
The meatballs are made with minced meat (usually beef, or a mixture of beef and pork), bread crumbs, egg, garlic, and parsley, and generously spiced with cumin, cinnamon, salt, and pepper. They are floured before being fried in olive oil. The tomato sauce has tomato, wine, onion, garlic, a bayleaf, salt and pepper, and olive oil.
The Turkish name İzmir köfte means köfte from İzmir (the former Smyrna).
The Greek name σουτζουκάκια σμυρνέικα/πολίτικα means spicy little sausages (Turkish sucuk + Greek diminutive -άκι) from Smyrna/Constantinople. Soutzoukakia can sometimes refer to the same cylindrical meatballs when grilled (like kofte kebab) rather than served in sauce.
"Soutzoukakia Smyrneika". www.IriSpiti.it - Italian Blog with Italian Greek Recipes. Irini.