Cevapcici---anyone know where to get it?
Any place that provides this wonderful sausage in the Twin Cities area?
I have eaten them quite a bit growing up in Austria, and got my wife and kids hooked on our visits back home.
The only way I have seen them for sale outside of the former Yugoslavia was frozen. They are technically not a sausage but more of a Serbian meat ball.
I found a few recipes in English like this one here:
The meat mix varies by recipe with beef being in all of them and most of them adding pork, lamb or veal as well. They are very easy to make and most ingredients should be readily available.
This is an issue dear to my heart - especially because I don't cook, so am unlikely to make my own cevapcici.
The quick answer is no, probably not. Unless you find a Serbian or Croatian church dinner. Or try a Romanian church - they have a similar dish that's quite delicious.
Perhaps there are some helpful hints in this thread from a few years ago:
I would love to hear that things have changed, and there's a booming Balkan bistro scene in the Twin Cities!
Yes, it is different from kafta/kofte - yes, it's ground meat, but the spicing is different. I love this stuff too, but it's not a substitute. Alas.
Likewise, south-Slav Balkan borek is different from Middle Eastern cheese-filled pastries, Turkish borek, and Greek tyropita. They're all good, but I crave the Serbian and Macedonian versions!
There's a Bosnian Supermarket at 6253 University Avenue Northeast in Fridley. 763-571-1941. They definitely had cevapcici and pleskavica in the freezer. I thought I'd go back someday at try them. I did try their burek, which appeared similar to what I had in Slovenia. It definitely wasn't as good but it was interesting to have.
It also appeared that they put some care into their products in the freezer. I think a lot of the products came from Chicago.
I did try the frozen cevapcici from the Jerusalem Market on Central, but those were awful and full of gristle.
Not Twin Cities, but definitely do-able if you don't mind a very long drive. . .
Folklorama, the multi-cultural festival in Winnipeg, is coming up very soon and the Croatian Pavilion serves excellent cevapcici. The two Serbian pavilions and the Slovenian one also have cevapcici, but in my opinion, the Croatian has the best ones.
Best part is that a lot of the pavilions will let you go in just to get food for take-out, so you don't have to pay admission.
Alex and his wife Ludmilla Radocevich have an outstanding Serbian restaurant in Milwaukee WI called Old Town Serbian Gourmet House (5th & Lincoln Ave.) and serve delicious grilled Cevapcici along with Burek, Dolmades, and Roast Suckling Pig. Maybe a call and Fedex will help you satisfy your Cevapcici need.
I went on You Tube and typed in Cevapko, there they show a plastic press to make cevapcici. I wish someone in the US sold them. I don't know about ordering stuff from overseas?? Here is a link to a recipe. Also on the page is a link to the lepinji( bread that is served with the cevapcici. I'm making my with pork and ground beef, with spices and onion and garlic. I'll have to roll them out by hand, wish I had the press!!! :) :)
http://easteuropeanfood.about.com/od/... when the page comes up, click on Croatian-Serbian Sausages.
You really don't need a press. They can be easily rolled by hand. The recipe looks right except you could add some finely chopped parsley.
When I lived in Ljubljana, my colleagues and I celebrated the end of a project with a picnic on the Karst plain south of the city. We made our own cevapcici with big bags of ground beef, pork, and lamb. We then all rolled our own and grilled them with a nice char on the grill.
I don't remember cevapcici ever served on bread. We just dunked them into ajvar just like fries. In fact, most of my colleagues used ajvar instead of ketchup for their fries.
A Serbian hamburger is a delicious thing. It's made with the same meat combination except shaped into patties. They do use a special grilled bread and add some wonderful Serbian cheese. They wrap it in tin foil or paper so everything melds together.
I haven't been to the Bosnian store lately so I don't know if it exists.
4 years late--they have them frozen at Bills imported foods. Haven't tried them. I always roll my own, the best ever was from a pork venison mix last year.