Giouvarlakia are meatballs with rice in a lemony avgolemono sauce. You can use ground veal or beef, pork, or a mixture of veal or beef and pork together or chicken or turkey mince, for a healthier soup.

When the meatballs are cooked,  then make “avgolemono” which is an egg-lemon sauce and turn it into a delicious creamy soup. Some people consider Giouvarlakia a “meatball soup” and the broth is not thickened; others consider it meatballs with Avgolemono sauce, and cornstarch is added, depending on how thick they want it to be. I always make it as a soup and during cold winter days it is a wonderful comfort dish, light and tasty and will warm you up in no time.

The recipe is included in my cookbook Mint, Cinnamon & Blossom Water, Flavours of Cyprus, Kopiaste!



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9 Comments on Giouvarlakia Avgolemono

  1. Brilynn says:

    I could see how this could be a comfort food! I’ve never tried it though, I’ll have to make your recipe!

  2. Ivy says:

    It’s a must for the cold days and nights and you’ve got plenty of them.

  3. JennDZ - The Leftover Queen says:

    I do like Avgolemono Soup. But I have never had it with the meatballs. Looks great, Ivy. True comfort food!

  4. Ivy says:

    Giouvarlakia is a much more filling soup and can be the main dish whereas Avgolemono is more like a starter.

  5. Bellini Valli says:

    The meatballs would make this soup more like a meal…although I have a light appetite.I love all things with avgolemono!!!

  6. Ivy says:

    Hi Val and thanks for visiting. We do eat it like a light meal and yes I have read you commenting that in a restaurant in Greece everything had an avgolemono sauce on them (lol).

  7. DCRose says:

    Thank you so very much. This is just what Peter was looking for. I make the lemon soup all the time, but he could not remember how his YaiYai made the meatballs. You are wonderful. Rose

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