Ćufte – Bosnian style Meatballs

October  6, 2015
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Photo by All that's Jas
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

With a touch of European flare these meatballs will become your family's favorite go-to dish, guaranteed.
Western and Eastern influences balance Bosnian cuisine just right. Typical dishes are most often made with minced meat. The use of ground beef is countless. You’ll find it in most traditional Bosnian dishes, commonly as a filling. Just like the Italians we like our meatballs with spaghetti, but other pasta, mashed potatoes, and rice are among alternatives. —Jas

What You'll Need
  • 1 pound ground beef (or a mix of beef and pork)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup lukewarm water
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped and divided
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Mix ground beef, half of the onions, garlic, egg, breadcrumbs, nutmeg, parsley, water, salt and pepper in a large bowl by hand until just combined.
  2. Roll meatballs to about the size of a golf ball. Roll each into flour to give it a good coating. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Fry meatballs until just browned, about 3-4 minutes on each side. Don’t worry about the center getting cooked through as you will finish these in the sauce.
  3. Remove from the skillet and keep warm. Add 1 tablespoon flour to the skillet and brown until golden but not brown. Add remaining chopped onions and sauté until softened. Add tomato sauce, oregano and basil and bring to a low simmer.
  4. Arrange meatballs in the sauce, turning each one over to coat. Cover and simmer gently for 15-20 minutes. Serve with the sauce over spaghetti or other pasta and crusty bread. Sprinkle with chopped parsley for garnish if you want.

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