Cevapcici---anyone know where to get it?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.