My mother cooks better than yours.

I spend the weekend in my hometown, Florina. To be more specific I was eating during the weekend in my hometown, Florina. 

After having a mini poll regarding what will we cook for Saturday lunch my father had the ultimate idea: sout makalo, a.k.a. meatballs in white sauce. Sout makalo is a traditional dish in my hometown and my mother knows how to perfectly cook it. It is a very easy to make and delicious recipe that I haven’t eaten for a loooong time. We cooked sout makalo with meatballs but you can cook it with chicken, pork or with every kind of meat you prefer.

We started with the meatballs, for which we used the following ingredients:

Meatballs ingredients:

  • 600 gr. minced beef meat
  • 400 gr. minced pork
  • 2 large onion
  • 6-7 tablespoons of oatmeal (instead of bread)
  • 2 large egg
  • 2 tablespoon vinegar
  • 2 teaspoon thyme
  • olive oil
  • freshly ground pepper
  • salt

Sout makalo ingredients:

  • 4-5 cloves garlic
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • 1700 ml. of hot chicken broth
  • red pepper flakes
  • olive oil

WARNING: the quantity of the ingredients concerns around 6 persons who eat normally, we were 4 and we have eaten everything.

Finely chop the onion and garlic. Mix all the ingredients just until they’re well combined. I recommend using your hands for this step; since you can actually feel when things are mixed, you’re less likely to overwork the meat. Cover and place the mix in the fridge for about 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, seize the opportunity and chat with your parents, you know, face to face and not over the phone. The fact is that I really miss them, they are, well, I can not describe with words what they mean to me. And not because of the fact that english is not my native language but because there are no words in any language that can describe them.

Back to the sout makalo now.

Shape meatballs smoothly but don’t overwork the meat. When all meatballs are shaped, heat olive oil in a large skillet. Lightly dredge meatballs in flour and shake off excess.

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Saute meatballs for about 4 to 5 mins a side or until just done. They should be just cooked through, but still moist inside. Pat dry on paper towels.

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Pour the oil that meatballs were fried and keep the pan, pour 10 tablespoons of olive oil and add the garlic cloves. Sauté slightly without letting them get brown.

Add the flour after sifting it and stir constantly with a wooden spoon. Reduce temperature. Once it starts getting golden color, add the broth, continuing shuffling to prevent clotting. Add the meatballs. Simmer for a few minutes, if the sauce seems too thick, dilute with a little more broth. Garnish with red pepper flakes.

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Sout makalo is ready! Bring a big loaf on the table and enjoy!

Even if I have learnt during the weekend how to cook sout makalo it will never be like my mother’s. This is what happens in greek families.

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