Recipes from Bosnia: Cevapi

Recipes from Bosnia Herzegovina


Country: Bosnia Herzegovina
Course: Main
Makes: 6 to 8 servings


  • 1 tbsp lard or butter
  • 1/2 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 lb lean lamb
  • 1 lb lean beef
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • 1 tbsp sweet paprika
  • 2 tbsp onions, finely chopped
  • 6 to 8 pita breads


  1. Melt the lard or butter over medium heat. Add the onions and saute until translucent. During the last three minutes or so, add the garlic and keep stirring to prevent burning. Remove the onions and let cool.
  2. Mix the ground lamb with the ground beef. Add the onion/garlic mixture, egg white and paprika and mix well.
  3. Shape the meat into unappetizing looking little cylinders, which are the traditional shape. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour.
  4. Pan fry the cevapi in a little olive oil until nicely browned.
  5. To serve, cut the pita breads in half and make a pocket in each one. Stuff a few finely chopped onions inside the pita, then add the cevapi and top with a few more of the onions.