Traditional Greek Meatball Soup (Giouvarlakia/ Youvarlakia) in Egg-lemon sauce recipe


A hearty and delicious traditional Greek recipe perfect for a cold winter’s day!  Youvarlakia or giouvarlakia is a famous Greek meatball soup, which is full of Mediterranean flavors, juicy meatballs and finished off with a delicious egg lemon sauce (avgolemono)..


How to make the perfect Avgolemono for your Youvarlakia Soup

This Greek meatball soup recipe for youvarlakia includes the traditional recipe for preparing an egg lemon sauce (avgolemono). Although the basic Greek recipe is relatively simple, my experience has shown that it can be really tricky. If you have ever tried making youvarlakia soup or any other Greek recipe which includes Avgolemono before, you must know that lots of things can go wrong leading to a disaster. The most common mistake is that the Avgolemono – egg lemon sauce curdles and gets lumpy. Serve this delicious Greek meatball soup (youvarlakia), while still warm with some sprinkled parsley as garnish and some crusty bread to dig in all that delicious sauce!

For the meatballs (youvarlakia)

  • 500g lean minced beef (18 ounces)

  • ¼ of a cup long-grain rice (not boiled)

  • ½ cup parsley, finely chopped

  • 1 medium sized onion, finely chopped

  • 1 egg

  • 2 tbsps olive oil

  • ½ carrot, grated (optional)

  • 3 tbsps fresh dill, finely chopped (optional)

  • 1 tsp salt

  • a pinch of coriander

  • freshly ground pepper

For the egg lemon sauce

  • 2 eggs

  • juice of 2 lemons

  • 1 tbsp flour

  1. o prepare this Greek meatball soup, start by making the meatballs (youvarlakia). Place all the meatball ingredients into a large bowl, knead the mixture squeezing the ingredients with your hand until smooth. Leave the mixture to rest in the fridge for 15 minutes. (This will prevent the youvarlakia to break up when boiled.) Form the meatballs (youvarlakia) and set them aside.

  2. Pour into a large pan 2 ½ cups of water and bring to the boil. Turn the heat down and gently add the meatballs (youvarlakia) in the water, put the lid back on and cook for 20-25 minutes. (The water should be enough to cover the meatballs, so add some more warm water if needed)

  3. To prepare the egg lemon sauce for the Greek meatball soup, crack the eggs into a bowl and whisk. Add the lemon juice and the flour and whisk well. Add into the bowl a ladle of hot soup and whisk quickly. Add one more ladle and whisk again until combined.

  4. Stir in the egg lemon sauce into the youvarlakia soup and cook for 2-3 minutes over medium heat, until warm but not boiling.

  5. Serve this extra warming Greek meatball soup, while still hot with a sprinkle of chopped parsley.

  6. Make sure that you do not cover any left overs until they have cooled; the sauce may curdle otherwise!!

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