Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins
Balkan variation of the Arabic kebab found in most southeastern European countries, such as those of the former Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, and Romania. Optional toppings are chopped onions, tomatoes, sour cream, kajmak, ajvar, and cottage cheese.
- 1 1⁄2 lbs ground pork
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 1⁄2 lb ground lamb
- 1 egg white
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1⁄2 teaspoon paprika
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 4 pita bread or 4 white bread or 4 rolls
- In a large bowl, combine the ground pork, ground beef, ground lamb and egg white. Add the garlic, salt, baking soda, black pepper, cayenne pepper and paprika. Mix well using your hands.
- Form into finger length sausages about 3/4 inch thick. Arrange in a plate.
- Cover with plastic wrap or wax paper and refrigerate for one hour to one day, to let the flavors settle and the mixture become firm.
- Preheat the grill, medium-low heat. Lightly oil the grilling surface.
- Grill cevapcici until cooked through, turning as needed. The grilling usually takes about 30 minutes.
- Serve in warmed or grilled pita bread, white bread or rolls on a bed of chopped onions, with your choice of toppings such as kajmak, sour cream, cottage cheese, fresh peppers, ajvar or tomatoes.
We came across this recipe last year while looking for Serbia for a Eurovision Party. We wanted something that could be cooked on the BBQ from our chosen country, and found these! They went down a treat! we are hoping to use this as a base for our own BBQ Bites soon...
I was born in the former Yugoslavia, so have eaten my fair share of cevapi. I omitted the ground lamb and adjusted the other seasonings to taste. Instead of minced garlic, I added garlic powder (so that my picky eaters would be more apt to eat it.) I served this with finely chopped onions on the side and homemade pomfrit (fries). Thank you for posting; absolutely a winner!