Ćevapčići (formal diminutive) is a Balkan dish of grilled minced meat, found in
the countries of southeastern Europe. They are considered a national dish in
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Croatia and Montenegro, and are also common all
over former Yugoslavia.
They may be served on a plate or in a flatbread, often with chopped onions, sour cream, cottage cheese, and so on.
Bosnian ćevapi are made from two types of minced beef meat, hand mixed and
formed with a funnel. Formed ćevapi are grilled.
Macedonian kebapi (ќебапи), Serbian, Bosnian and Croatian ćevapi and Bulgarian
kebabcheta (кебабчета) are made of both pork and beef. A serving usually
consists of 5-10 pieces, served with white bread, minced red pepper, salt and
The word comes from the Arabic
kebab adopted through Turkish,
sometimes with the South Slavic diminutive ending -čići