It has been a really productive week for. I have so many ideas on what dishes to make for you next. I was also asked by my beautiful friend Hanna, owner of the website shedabblesin.com, in her own words it’s a place celebrating women, celebrating themselves, to write a guest post. It’s about moving to the US from Poland, running my website and struggles with Meniere’s disease. I figured that might be interesting for you and hopefully you’ll like it. Here’s the link:
Back to the recipe, cevapcici is a Balkan dish that is popular through out eastern and southeastern Europe. It is a kind of a skinless sausage made of beef, pork, lamb or a mix of all of the above. It is often served with tzatziki or roasted pepper sauce and flatbread. They are so flavorful, aromatic and delicious. It is usually grilled, but I noticed that a combination of baking and broiling in the oven works great. Meat comes out roasted and crunchy outside but not dry. Such an easy and awesome dinner idea. Plus, food on a stick is always more fun.
I dipped 6 wooden skewers in cold water for about 30 minutes. I read online that it’s supposed to prevent them from burning in the oven. It worked great. If you have metal ones, you don’t need to do that.
I have chosen ground beef for my meat. As I mentioned it can be a mix of pork, beef and lamb but I tried just beef ones before and thought it was really good. Next time, I’ll make a mix and I’ll let you know how that came out.
In a bowl I mixed meet, finely chopped onion, parsley, olive oil and spices (smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, smoked salt and pepper).
I divided the meat in 6 even portions, dipped my hands in cold water and formed little sausages on the skewers. I placed meat in the fridge for 15 minutes so it could settle.
In the meantime, I roasted pepper, onion and garlic in the oven. I sprinkled it with olive oil and roasted at 425 F for 15 minutes, stirred occasionally and broiled for few extra minutes at the end until veggies got slightly browned on the edges.
I placed roasted pepper in a blender, added olive oil, parsley, salt and pepper and processed until smooth.
I baked the cevapcici at 425 for 10 minutes and broiled for few extra minutes, turning them, so they’re evenly browned.
If you tried this recipe and posted a pic or a comment use hashtag #EasternEuropeanRecipes I’d love to see how it turned out!
- 1 1/2 lb of ground beef
- 1/2 small onion
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1/3 cup of chopped parsley
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika (regular paprika is fine too)
- 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon of smoked or regular salt
- 1 teaspoon of pepper
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1/2 onion
- 3 garlic cloves
- 3 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1/3 cup of chopped parsley
- a pinch of smoked salt
- a pinch of pepper
- Soak wooden skewers in cold water for 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 425 F.
- In a bowl mix all cevapcici ingredients and form little sausages on the skewers. Place them in a fridge for 15 minutes before baking.
- Sprinkle with olive oil and roast peppers, onion and garlic in the oven for 15 minutes and broiled for few extra minutes until slightly browned on the edges. Place in a blender, add parsley, salt and pepper and process until smooth.
- Bake cevapcici at 425 F for 10 minutes and broiled on each side until browned.
- Serve warm with sauce. Enjoy!