Meatballs „Tefteli“ in tomato sauce
Tefteli are an old international dish. In some countries they are called meatballs. In the Russian language, the name "Tefteli" has established itself, possibly originating from French.
- 600 g minced pork
- 2 eggs
- Salt and ground pepper
- 2-3 pieces of celery
- 500 g of tomatoes
- 1 large pepper
- 3 tablespoons tomato paste
- 50 ml of vegetable oil
- 2 thyme branches
- half a chilli pepper
"Tefteli" (with emphasis on the first syllable) are often confused with meatballs. Unlike meatballs, Tefteli are baked and not cooked. Two things are essential for successful Tefteli : fresh meat and a delicious sauce.
A homemade tomato sauce always tastes best. All you have to do is stew the vegetables and purée with a hand blender.
A sauce with a very smooth consistency is obtained by skinning the vegetables. For this you have to put peppers in a hot oven and then peel off the skin under running water. The tomatoes lose their skin while stewing. You just have to carefully fish them out of the pot .
Try to cook without flour when preparing Tefteli. Thanks to the eggs, they can be made without flour and taste much better.