Cevapcici or cevapi are tasty sausages made from seasoned minced lamb and beef. Delicious with a fresh salad and pita bread.

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Veronique van Ohmydish

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Published at 2021-10-12, this recipe is for 6 people and takes 35 minutes.

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Updated at: 05-06-2022

35 minutes 6 people Side dishes 375 calories p.p.


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  • 500 grams of minced lamb
  • 500 grams of minced beef
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon paprika powder
  • 4 tablespoons beef stock
  • Tabasco to taste
  • Salt
  • Olive oil
Cevapcici ingredients
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  • Large bowl
  • Chopping board
  • Chef's knife
  • Griddle pan
  • Kettle
  • Measuring jug
  • Large plate or something else to put the sausages on
  • Kitchen scales (optional)


35 minutes 6 people Side dishes 375 calories p.p.

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Preparation – 20 minutes

Prepare a small amount of beef stock in advance. It is easiest to make this using a quarter of a beef stock cube in a measuring jug. Pour about 100ml of boiled water over it and stir well.

Chop 2 cloves of garlic as finely as possible. Put 500 grams of minced lamb and 500 grams of minced beef in a large bowl. Crack an egg into the bowl.

Now add a teaspoon of dried oregano, 1 teaspoon of paprika and 4 tablespoons of beef stock. Mix everything together well with your hands. Season with some salt and 6-10 drops of tabasco.

Use between 60 and 70 grams of meat and roll it into an oblong shape as shown in the photos. Repeat this step until all the meat has been used.

Drizzle all sides of the cevapcici with olive oil.


Finishing the cevapcici – 15 minutes

Heat a griddle pan over medium-high heat. Griddle the cevapcici on all sides until evenly browned.

Repeat until all the sausages are cooked. Enjoy your meal!

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Cevapcici: frequently asked questions

What is cevapcici?

Cevapcici, also called cevapi, is seasoned minced meat rolled into an elongated shape until it resembles a sausage.

What do you eat with cevapcici?

Usually a simple, fresh green salad, or in a pita or shawarma sandwich topped with ajvar and aioli. But djuvec (rice with tomato sauce) is also delicious with it!

What is ajvar?

Ajvar is a condiment made from grilled peppers and aubergines. You can buy this sauce in most supermarkets.

Where does cevapcici come from?

These tasty sausages come from the Balkans, and are widely eaten in Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro.