Cevapcici with Lime Mayo Dip

October  4, 2022
4 Ratings
  • Serves 6
Author Notes

In Croatia you can order cevapcici anywhere and they are so tasty you can eat quite a few of them in one sitting. I think my recipe comes fairly close to capturing the flavour of these delicious little cigar shaped meatballs, although try as I may I cannot seem to duplicate the atmosphere of enjoying these while sitting in a cafe by the seaside in a lovely little croatian town like Rovigno or Dubrovnik....aah...the memories...Serve these meatballs as an appetizer with the lime dipping sauce or serve them as a meal with your favourite greens & tomatoes salad...enjoy! - thebackyardchef —thebackyardchef

Test Kitchen Notes

Cevapcici are sausage-shaped meatballs. This version has a welcome dose of paprika and herbs. The interesting lime-mayo sauce adds a refreshing creaminess to the flavor-packed cevapcici. - Stephanie —The Editors

What You'll Need
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup onion, minced
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 2 teaspoons sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • zest of 1 lime
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • Pinch black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  1. in a large bowl mix together the first 10 ingredients with your hands until well combined
  2. with your hands shape meat mixture into long 1 inch thick rolls and cut into 3-inch long strips, making the cigar shaped cevapcici meatballs, set aside for a few minutes
  3. in a small bowl blend together mayonnaise, sour cream, lime zest and juice, paprika and pepper, then refrigerate until ready to serve as a dipping sauce for the cevapcici
  4. in a large frying pan heat olive oil on medium heat and cook meatballs, in batches, for about 10 minutes, turning often to brown evenly on all sides
  5. serve with dipping sauce or with your favourite salad
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