Mititei or mici, both Romanian words meaning “small ones” is a traditional Romanian dish of grilled ground meat rolls similar to Serbian ćevapčići sausage. The sausages are usually served with french fries, pickles, mustard and a cold beer.

Pork400 g0.88 lb
Beef300 g0.66 lb
Lamb300 g0.66 lb
Ingredients per 1000g (1 kg) of meat
Salt15 g2.5 tsp
Pepper2.0 g1 tsp
Cayenne0.5 g1/4 tsp
Coriander1.0 g1/2 tsp
Cumin1.0 g1/2 tsp
Garlic, minced12 g3 cloves
Baking soda2.5 g1/2 tsp
Water or meat stock60 ml2 oz fl
  1. Grind meats through 1/4” (6 mm) plate.
  2. Mix ground meat with all ingredients.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap and hold overnight in refrigerator.
  4. Form into finger length sausages about 3/4” (20 mm) in diameter.
  5. Refrigerate or freeze.
  6. Cook before serving. Fry or grill turning them to brown all sides.
Using baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) as meat tenderizer is common in southeastern Europe or in China. Don’t increase the amount as it may impart an alkaline flavor to the sausage.

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