Authentic Balkan food. Ćevapi has been part of the traditional diet in Balkans for several hundred years.

Ćevapi is made with two simple ingredients: spices and meat.



  • 600 g finely minced beef (1.3 pounds)
  • 300g finely minced lamb (or pork mince if you prefer) (10 oz)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

To Serve With

  • Flatbread
  • Chopped raw onions
  • Ajvar


  1. In a large bowl, combine beef, lamb, and salt (plus other spices if you so desire)
  2. Knead the mixture with clean hands for 5 minutes
  3. Cover the meat with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight
  4. Uncover the meat and stir in minced garlic and black pepper
  5. Shape the mixture into small logs no longer or wider than an index finger  – it is best to do this with wet hands, so the meat does not stick to you. Keep wetting your hands after each few that you roll
  6. Preheat your grill. Ideally, you should use a charcoal grill
  7. Brush the grill with some olive oil
  8. Grill the minced fingers on a medium heat until evenly grilled and browned on all sides
  9. Serve warm with Turkish flatbread and freshly chopped onion (and ajvar if you have it!)


Best served with ajvar.

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