Cevapcici S Ajvarom ( Balkan Country Sausage)

READY IN: 3hrs 10mins




  • Roughly chop 4 garlic cloves with 1/2 tsp salt, using flat side of large knife, mash garlic into a paste. Transfer to a bowl, mix with beef, lamb, pork and half the paprika, savory, cayenne, GRATED onion, 2 tsp salt and 2 tsp pepper. Add soda water; bea with a spoon till tacky. Knead with with your hands for 3 minutes; cover and refrigerate 2 hours.
  • Knead mixture once more for about 1 minutes, then shape into sixteen 3" long sausages. Transfer to a sheet pan. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour.
  • Meanwhile, make the sauce. Heat broiler, with rack 6 inches from broiler element. Arrange peppers and eggplant on foil lined baking sheet in a single layer, cut sides down. Rub with 1 Tablespoon olive oil, sprinkle with salt. Broil, turning once, till softened and somewhat charred, 14-15 minutes. Remove and discard skins from peppers. Scoop flesh from eggplant, discard skin and largest seeds. Pulse eggplant and 4 tablespoons olive oil in food processor with remaining garlic to make a coarse puree; transfer to a bowl. Puree peppers, add to eggplant and stir in remaining paprika, vinegar, sugar and salt and pepper to taste. Cover and set sauce aside.
  • Heat remaining olive oil in large skillet over medium high heat. Cook sausages, turning occasionally, till browned, 6-8 minutes. Serve with sauce, pita bread and sour cream.