My Mom's Ćevapčići - Balkan meatballs

Earlier I introduced an appetizer from southeastern Europe, the Balkans, which I cooked with my work-colleague. This is another famous dish from the Balkans. It is a national dish in Bosnia, Herzegovina and Serbia, but it is also common in other areas such as Slovenia. And that's where my parents know it from, as my father is from Slovenia. Ćevapčići has its origin in the Balkan and ćevap comes from the Persian word for kebab.

Ćevapčići are known as Balkan meatballs. They are little rolls of grilled minced meat. Ćevapčići taste the best if you serve them with the right side dishes. My Mom always uses spicy sauces such as Ajvar, diced fresh onions, a juicy tomato salad and either crispy fried French Fries or a juicy Duvec rice, which is a Serbian tomato rice.


  • 500g ground beef
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • salt, pepper
  • pinch of flour
side dishes: 
  • French Fries or Duvec Rice (Serbian rice dish)
  • Tomatosalad
  • Onions - diced
  • Sauces such as Ajvar, Harissa
  • optional: grilled chopped bell pepper


  1. Prepare the meat rolls. Use a big mixing bowl. Add the ground beef, the minced garlic and the spices. Form little 4-5 inch long rolls, make sure that the ends are flat and not too thin as they would burn.
  2. Grill the meat rolls. We always use a Raclette grill for that. And we also add some chopped bell pepper and grill it as well.
  3. Serve the  Ćevapčići with approprate side dishes: the sauces (Ajvar, Harissa), French Fries/Duvec Rice, diced onions, tomato salad.

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