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Croatian / Serbian Sausage - Cevapcici or Cevaps

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Croatian / Serbian Sausage - Cevapcici or Cevaps
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It has been said the casing-less sausages known as cevapcici or cevaps found their way into Eastern Europe via the Ottoman Empire, which picked them up from Arabic cultures around Persia.

Today, there are different versions of cevapcici throughout Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Macedonia. Some use pork and lamb, others use pork, lamb and beef, and yet others omit the pork entirely.

Originally, they were skewered and grilled over an open fire. Nowadays, most cooks grill, broil or pan fry them. They make great appetizers and sandwiches on lepinje bread!

Makes 6 servings of Cevapcici

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 1 pound ground beef chuck
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 pound ground lamb
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onions
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Finely chopped onions, for garnish


  1. Mix together beef, pork, lamb, garlic, 1/2 cup chopped onions and salt until thoroughly combined.
  2. Roll meat mixture into a long, 3/4-inch cylinder. Cut links at 4-inch intervals. Or, you can use a sausage extruder. Place on plastic wrap-lined plate, cover with more plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour to firm. Note: Sausages can be frozen at this point. When ready to use, thaw or cook from the frozen state.
  3. Broil "cevapcici" on a charcoal grill or a preheated oven broiler rack coated with cooking spray 4 to 6 inches from flame, 4 minutes per side or until no longer pink in the middle. Or they can be pan fried in a large skillet coated with cooking spray over high heat for a total of about 8 minutes, turning frequently to brown all sides.
  4. Serve with chopped raw onion, Serbian potato salad and pogacha bread. Cevapcici make great appetizers!
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 4 out of 5
Did it both ways, Member Ferigamo

This recipe is really good and I tried it both ways. Stuffed into hog casings and grilled came out great. Doesn't keep for long unless frozen because of the onions in it, but it's a winner. I wished we could get some step by step with ingredients and preparation on the Bulgarian sausages. Keep up the good work. Regards form Argentina to all, Federico.

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