Cevapcici (cevapi)

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Ingredients:

1 ½ pounds ground pork
1 pound lean ground beef
½ pound ground lamb
1 egg white
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground black pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon paprika
1 onion, finely chopped

Preparation:

1. 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.

2. Preheat the grill, medium-low heat.

3. Lightly oil the grilling surface. Grill cevapcici until cooked through, turning as needed. The grilling usually takes about 30 minutes.

4. Serve in warmed or grilled Greek-style pita bread on a bed of chopped onions. Also good with kajmak or sour cream, fresh peppers, ajvar or tomatoes.

Makes 4 servings.

Cevapcici or cevapi are a signature dish in all ex-Yugoslavian countries, namely Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Slovenia. Different variations of the above recipe can be found.

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