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I stumbled upon this recipe for Cevapcici which I shared a couple of years ago and thought I would post it once again. These little morsels are easy to prepare and a delight to devour.

Cevapcici are tasty, fun to eat and can be served in many different ways.   They found their way into the Balkan culture through the Ottoman Empire many years ago. The Ottoman Empire embraced them from the Arabic and Persian cultures who still serve kebabs in many different ways.

There are different versions of Cevapcici depending on your Balkan heritage. Some people use beef, lamb, pork or a combination of both beef and lamb or pork and beef.

My heritage is Croation and my mother used pork and beef or just pork.  This is my mother’s recipe that I would like to share with you.

Cevapcici are much loved and enjoyed by the Balkan people.

1kg mince pork (with 20% fat)
1 onion (finely chopped)
2 cloves garlic (crushed or finely chopped)
1/4 cup flat leaf parsley (finely chopped)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
1 egg
pinch of chilli powder (or two)
salt and pepper to taste

Ajvar (Pepper Relish Recipe)

Ajvar (Balkan Pepper Caviar)

Preparation Time:      20 minutes (2 hours resting time in the fridge)
Cooking Time:     20 minutes
Approximately 22 Cevapcici

Serves:     4-6 people

  1. In a large bowl combine the mince meat, onion, garlic, parsley, baking soda, paprika, chilli powder, egg, salt and pepper.  Mix all the ingredients until well combined.
  2. Prepare a tray lined with baking paper.  Take a handful of mixture and roll into a sausage shape the size of your index finger.  Place the Cevaicici on the tray and repeat the process until finished.
  3. Place in the fridge for up to 2 hours before grilling.  Grill for approximately 8 minutes turning occasionally to ensure that the Cevapcici are cooked evenly.

Cook’s Tips

  • Cevapcici can be prepared 24 hours ahead and stored in an airtight container or well covered on a tray with aluminium foil and refrigerated until ready to be grilled.
  • On this occasion I used a griddle pan lightly brushed with oil.   They can also be cooked in a frying pan with a little oil.  My all time favourite is when they are cooked on a BBQ.
  • Cevapcici can be served as a starter, snack or as part of a main course.  European style slaw, onion and Ajvar (pepper and eggplant caviar/relish)  are a wonderful accompaniment to Cevapcici.

I have had the pleasure of eating Cevapi for many years, I hope you embrace them as well.




Milanka's Fine Food

Join me on a journey of cooking, sharing recipes, exploring the different varieties and styles of food from around the world. Using fresh ingredients to create healthy, delicious and flavoursome dishes. I would like to share my love of food with you”. I am a Commercial Cook by profession and have been cooking for many years.

Nourish yourself, your family and embrace fresh, wholesome food for well being.

I wish you all good health, happiness and a fulfilling journey through life. -Milanka


11 Responses

  1. Thank you for sharing your mother’s recipe, Milanka 🙂
    I will try these with beef or lamb together with your wonderful Ajvar, as I need to make a lot of this year too 😀

    1. Hello Irene, I was thinking of you and the Ajvar! Cevapcici are a perfect match with Ajvar…. It’s a perfect time to buy peppers and eggplant etc., where you are….. I know that it’s time consuming making Ajvar, but well worth the effort…. Keep well my dear. Milanka 🙂 <3

    1. Thanks Vero, there are many dishes around the world that are similar. It’s lovely to be able to share the variations and compare. Keep well Vero and love to little Canito. Gracias Milanka 🙂 <3

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