Ćevapčići with roasted pepper sauce

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:

http://shedabblesin.com/a-recipe-for-life-a-dash-of-silver-lining/

 

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.

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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.

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In a bowl I mixed meet, finely chopped onion, parsley, olive oil and spices (smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, smoked salt and pepper).

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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.

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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.

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I placed roasted pepper in a blender, added olive oil, parsley, salt and pepper and processed until smooth.

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I baked the cevapcici at 425 for 10 minutes and broiled for few extra minutes, turning them, so they’re evenly browned.

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Enjoy!

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If you tried this recipe and posted a pic or a comment use hashtag #EasternEuropeanRecipes I’d love to see how it turned out!


Ingredients:

  • Cevapcici
    • 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
  • Sauce:
    • 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

Directions:

  1. Soak wooden skewers in cold water for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 425 F.
  3. In a bowl mix all cevapcici ingredients and form little sausages on the skewers. Place them in a fridge for 15 minutes before baking.
  4. 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.
  5. Bake cevapcici at 425 F for 10 minutes and broiled on each side until browned.
  6. Serve warm with sauce. Enjoy!

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