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Cevapcici sandwiches

Harry V. | Jun 11, 2002 12:56 PM

The most satisfying food to be found at a recent street fair we attended was from a little stand making sandwiches featuring the marvelous sausage of southeastern Europe known (in the plural, I assume) as cevapcici. It seems that cevapcici, sometimes abbreviated as cevaps, are skinless sausages typically made from two parts beef, one part pork, one part lamb, an unfathomable number of parts of garlic, along with basic seasonings (salt and pepper, maybe some paprika, I would guess). Some time ago I enjoyed a delicious, similarly-named and similar-tasting sausage at Paprikash, the sausages served by themselves on a plate with garnishes; but I must say that cevapcici tasted even better as a sandwich, stuffed into warm, fluffy pita bread along with lightly grilled (not sautéed) onions and a roasted-pepper sauce. What excellent street food!

Unfortunately, the stand serving these sandwiches did not represent any particular restaurant in Chicago. So my question is: where might I find cevapcici sandwiches in this town? My cursory research into cevapcici has indicated that cevapcici in the Balkans would not be served on pita but on an analogous but more indigenous type of spongy flatbread. But that degree of authenticity I do not require; warm, delicious pita would satisfy me just as well.

Thanks in advance for your insights.

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