Low-carb cevapcici with kaymak and ajvar
- 1⁄3 cup 80 ml sparkling water
- 1 tsp 1 tsp
- 2 tsp 2 tsp paprika powder or smoked paprika powder (or mix)
- 1½ tsp 1½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp ½ tsp ground black pepper
- 1 lb 450 g ground beef
- 1 lb 450 g ground pork or ground lamb
- 2 2 garlic clove, mincedgarlic cloves, minced
- ½ (2 oz.) ½ (55 g) , shredded, shredded
- 1 tbsp 1 tbsp olive oil
- 5 oz. (2⁄3 cup) 140 g (150 ml) cream cheese
- 2 tbsp 2 tbsp butter, softened
- 1⁄3 cup 80 ml
- salt to taste
- ½ cup 120 ml ajvar relish
- 3 cups (6 oz.) 700 ml (170 g) leafy greens
- 1 1 lemon, cut into wedgeslemons, cut into wedges (optional)
- Mix the sparkling water with the baking soda (these ingredients tenderize the meat), paprika, salt, and pepper in a big bowl.
- Add the ground meat, garlic, and onion. Mix until combined. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or overnight to let the flavors develop.
- Roll the meat mixture into four sausages per serving, about 3 x 1" (8 x 2.5 cm) each, using wet hands.
- Heat a large frying pan with olive oil, and fry the cevapcici for a couple of minutes until they are cooked through and have a nice browned exterior. Brush the cevapcici with olive oil if grilling.
- Mix the ingredients for the kaymak in a bowl and set aside.
- Serve the cevapcici on a bed of leafy greens, with the kaymak cream, ajvar, and lemon wedges (optional).
If you prefer grilling your cevapcici
Be sure to brush them with olive oil before putting them on the grill.
What is kaymak?
Kaymak is a full fat dairy product that is common in Central Asia and the Balkans.
You can buy it in selected stores, online, or you could also use mascarpone cheese which is pretty similar in taste and texture.
What is ajvar relish?
Ajvar is a condiment traditionally made with roasted bell peppers and eggplant. Sometimes chili peppers are added for some heat.
Serve it with a fresh salad with white cheese, tomatoes, white onion, cucumber and parsley for an even more colorful meal.
How to simplify it
1. Skip the baking powder and baking soda.
2. Use 2 tsp onion powder instead of the shredded onion.
3. Use mascarpone cheese instead of the kaymak cream.
If you don't eat red meat
Traditionally you mix beef, lamb and pork but feel free to substitute with ground turkey or chicken.