Countries of Origin: The Balkans (info link)
Flavors: Salty, Smokey
Texture: Meaty, Moist, Greasy
How to make Ćevapi (video link)
Ćevapi Recipe (link)
|Cevapi from Deset v Pol restaurant in Ljubljana|
I took a trip to Europe this past spring and after spending a few weeks zig zagging my way across the sub continent, I ended my trip in the lushly green and mountainous terrain of Slovenia, where I tried Ćevapi for the first time.
After spending a few days in a Gelato, Beer and Burek Coma, a friend of mine took me to a Bosnian restaurant and suggested I try this much loved Balkan sandwich.
A typical dish found throughout the Balkans, Ćevapi is a type of ground meat mixture of Beef, Lamb and Pork, rolled into finger sized sausages and stuffed inside of a Pita-esque (but better tasting) bread shell called Lepinje. Usually there is a side of chopped raw onions, a sweet bell pepper sauce, and a delicious cheese spread called Kajmak, which when melted, accompanies and enhances the smokey flavor of the sausages and manages to not cave the bread in from moisture.
Like much of the food I post on this blog, Ćevapi's aren't for the faint hearted, six pack aspiring troupe. This is hardcore, eat it and sleep for 3 hours after ward cause you can't imagine moving a single muscle any longer thanks to that big bulge in your stomach type of food. Yes, you will feel like an Anaconda that devoured a Capybara, but you can and will thank me later for introducing you to it;)