Cevapcici

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by smokeaddict, Sep 26, 2011.

  1. These traditional Croatian, skinless sausages are a knockout grilled over a charcoal fire. They are usually served with a relish called Ayvar, which is a mix of grilled capsicums, eggplant, garlic and seasoning, and with chopped red onions. Available all over the former Yugoslavia too, their recipes are closely guarded, and hard to get at ! This recipe is very close to what I think is the original, easy to make and will walk out the door, so I urge you to try them, and make enough  to avoid inevitable requests for more........

    CEVAPCICI    

    250g Lamb 

    500g Chuck steak

    250g Pork leg

    4 Garlic cloves crushed

    5g Salt

    5g Baking Soda

    10g Cracked black pepper

    1.5g  Hot Paprika

    1 Beaten egg white           

    Method

    Grind meats through fine plate, add all ingredients, mix very well, and overnight in the fridge. If you  already have the sausage filler set up, extrude through 15mm tube. I was too lazy to set up my 7kg stuffer for a small quantity, so used a disposable plastic  piping bag. Cut to length, usually short, about thumb length, and grill, turning frequently. Nice to see grill marks on them.

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    The ingredients, meats, spices mix and egg white

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    Extruded using piping bag

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    It was raining cats and dogs this day, so stove top grilled........ much better over charcoal[​IMG]

    The final product, very tasty ! Served here with home made BBQ sauce.

    Thanks for looking !
     
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  2. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Good looking sausage smokeaddict  and I really like the pipping bag idea, thanks for sharing
     
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2011
  3. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    They look delicious!

    Care to share the BBQ sauce recipe?
     
  4. moikel

    moikel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Used to eat them as part of a mixed grill at the original Balkan restaurant at Taylor Square way back in the day. You got pola pola which was pork neck,a lamb cutlet, coleslaw & potato salad. Gojaks butcher here in Haberfield does a great version & a lot of great smoked goods.
     
  5. moikel

    moikel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Forgot to say yours look absolutely spot on the money.
     
  6. slownlow

    slownlow Smoking Fanatic

    looks great [​IMG]
     
  7. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Great looking stuff!

    Good luck and good smoking.
     
  8. Al, thank you for the review, and for your interest in the sauce. My approach to sauces is that a sauce shouldn't be the star, the soloist, but be a harmonious part of the whole choir, singing the same song. So, I do not write a recipe as I make them, and this to me is what makes  a lunch/dinner unique. It also means I can never reproduce a great sauce again !

    I start with these basics;

    1 Cup Tomato sauce (not ketchup)

    2 tbs Tomato paste

    1 1/2 tbs French mustard

    This is heated and tasted. I add according to what I am using the sauce for, in this case it was Worstershire sauce, salt and pepper, brown sugar, half a cinnamon stick, a squeeze of lime, and a shot of cognac. At each addition the sauce is tasted, more added if required. Once I think its right, the sauce is simmered until it thickens and acquires that "cooked" flavour. In this case, the chevapis are heavy on garlic, so the garlic was omitted, but is usually added.

    Regards, Gus
     
  9. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  10. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Looks  great ! Nice job !
     
  11. Africanmeat,

    Had a look at your post, very similar aren't they ! The texture would be different with beef only, next time I have some left over beef, I am trying yours !

    Regards
     
  12. billyj571

    billyj571 Smoking Fanatic

    They look great
     
  13. skully

    skully Meat Mopper

    those former communist countries like Croatia make some great meat prodducts, glad that recipes are slowly spreadin..mmmmmm
     
  14. Nice chevapis Gus. I bet your sauce is better tasting than any Marco Polo ayvar.

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  15. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nice looking chevaps! I do these quite often.

    Today I'm doing a batch as kebabs with a mix of beef/pork/veal.
     
  16. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice

    Great idea on the pastry bag.
     
  17. They look delicious. Looks like a good recipe.
     
  18. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That is going on my bucket list [​IMG]
     
  19. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Here's a pic of the kebab style.[​IMG]
     
  20. Looks good! Gonna have to try these.
     

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