Ćufte – Bosnian style Meatballs

Cufte - Bosnian style meatballs

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.

Ćufte – Bosnian style Meatballs

Cufte - Bosnian style meatballs

 


We stuff everything! You name it we stuff it. Of course, that includes stuffed peppers, zucchini, grape and Swiss Chard leaves. But also pickled cabbage leaves, tomatoes, onions, pasta, phyllo dough…we even stuff our meatloaf!

Today I’m sharing Bosnian meatballs recipe. I didn’t stuff them with anything, but who’s to say that I couldn’t?

Light tomato sauce does not overpower the taste of meatballs, instead complements it.

With a touch of European flare these meatballs will become your family's favorite go-to dish,… Click To Tweet

 

Ingredients:
Serves 4

1 pound ground Beef (I like using a mix of beef and pork)
1 Egg
½ cup Breadcrumbs
¼ cup lukewarm Water
1 clove Garlic, minced
1 small Onion, chopped and divided
¼ teaspoon Nutmeg
1 tablespoon chopped, fresh Parsley
1 tablespoons Flour (plus more for coating)
1 (8 oz.) can Tomato Sauce
1 teaspoon dry Oregano
1 teaspoon chopped fresh or dry Basil
2 tablespoons Oil
Salt and fresh ground Pepper to taste

 

Directions:

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.
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.

 

Cufte - Bosnian style meatballs

 

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.

 

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 and grated Parmesan for garnish if you wish.

Cufte - Bosnian style meatballs

Cufte - Bosnian style meatballs

Ćufte – Bosnian style Meatballs

Rating: 51

Ćufte – Bosnian style Meatballs

With a touch of European flare these meatballs will become your family's favorite go-to dish, guaranteed.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground Beef (I like using a mix of beef and pork)
  • 1 Egg
  • ½ cup Breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup lukewarm Water
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • 1 small Onion, chopped and divided
  • ¼ teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon chopped, fresh Parsley
  • 1 tablespoons Flour (plus more for coating)
  • 1 (8 oz.) can Tomato Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dry Oregano
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh or dry Basil
  • 2 tablespoons Oil
  • Salt and fresh ground Pepper to taste

Directions

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.

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.

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.

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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16 Comment

  1. Reply
    Sadie Seasongoods
    October 10, 2015 at 7:03 am

    Mmmm, I love the warm spices in this recipe! Will definitely have to try my hand at it. Thank you for linking up at Snickerdoodle Sunday- hope to see your latest makes & makes tonight!!

    Sarah (Sadie Seasongoods)
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      allthatsjas
      October 11, 2015 at 8:26 am

      Thank you, Sarah! 🙂

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    Theresa @DearCreatives
    October 8, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    These sound amazing. I can’t wait to try your recipe. Pinned & shared. Hope to see you again at this week’s Inspiration Spotlight. Have a great weekend ahead.
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      allthatsjas
      October 9, 2015 at 12:00 pm

      Thank you, Theresa. Wishing you a great weekend as well!

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    Jennifer
    October 4, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    Such great flavors. Sounds great. Thanks for sharing at My Flagstaff Home!

    Jennifer

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      allthatsjas
      October 5, 2015 at 11:19 am

      Thanks for the party, Jennifer!

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    Lou Lou Girls
    October 4, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    I’m licking my lips right now! Looks so good! Pinned and tweeted. We truly appreciate you taking the time to be a part of our party. Please stop by and party with us again. The party starts Monday at 7 pm and ends on Friday at 7 pm. Happy Sunday! Lou Lou Girls

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      allthatsjas
      October 4, 2015 at 5:06 pm

      THANK YOU, and thanks for hosting!!! 😀

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    easypeasylifematters
    October 4, 2015 at 12:22 am

    Oh my! These sound good! Just perfect for Fall weather! 🙂
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      allthatsjas
      October 4, 2015 at 8:23 am

      Thank you!!! Speaking of perfect for fall weather, how about your pumpkin scones? Yummy! Thanks for stopping in 🙂

  6. Reply
    Nicole
    September 30, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    This recipe looks great!
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      allthatsjas
      September 30, 2015 at 2:34 pm

      Thank you, Nicole! 🙂

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    Bam's Kitchen
    September 30, 2015 at 11:17 am

    Now this looks like some delicious comfort food. I think we can “stuff” some of these delicious meatballs in my teenagers mouths and they would be happy little campers. Filling and delicious, perfect teenager food! Pinned!
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      allthatsjas
      September 30, 2015 at 2:34 pm

      Lol, I like what you did there 😉 Yeah, we pretty much stuff our faces with them regularly. Thanks, Bobbi, and hope your day is wonderful!

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    Jasna
    September 29, 2015 at 4:19 am

    Volim ih na bilo koji nacin…Sa spagetama izgledaju odlicno!
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      allthatsjas
      September 29, 2015 at 12:40 pm

      Hvala, Jasna. Ja samo nase volim, ove ovdje kobojagi talijanske su grozne, samo ih potope u paradajz sos. 🙂

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