Chevabchichi (Čevabčiči)

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Ingredients: 0.5 lb ground beef, 1 clove garlic, 1/2 tsp black pepper, 1tsp paprika, salt, bread crumbs, side (onion, mustard, potatoes, butter)
Prep time: 30 minutes

Here is a recipe for a simple meet dish. It’s called čevabčiči, word which doesn’t mean anything at all in Slovak. This dish surely came to Slovakia from overseas, probably somewhere near the Balkans. The day after I made it I went with a friend for lunch to an Iranian kabob restaurant Moby Dick’s, where I ordered “kabob-e-kubideh”. Although it came with rice, these two meals shared much in common! So I asked the owner if he knew anything about the origin of word “chevabchichi”, but he didn’t: it did not sound Iranian. Hence I next got on Google, and it appears that this dish originated in the former Yugoslavia. Here is a link to a short article about it on Chicago’s SunTimes.

ingredients for chevabchichi
There are several variations of this food dish, with some including grated onion in the mix. I did not use that, but I did use garlic. Use a tiny handful of breadcrumbs to stiffen the meat mixture.

meat ball meat roll
Mix all the ingredients together and form about a handful first into a ball, and then into a sausage link an inch in diameter. Grill these on all sides in a hot frying pan. They should be dark and crunchy on the outside.

chevabchichi or čevabčiči, slovak meat links
Serve with boiled potatoes, mustard and few slices of raw onion. Enjoy!

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