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Ćevapčići (Ćevapi)

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Ćevapi or 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.

Left: Ćevapčići.

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 onions.

The word comes from the Arabic kebab adopted through Turkish, sometimes with the South Slavic diminutive ending -čići .

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