Mici: Romania's Irresistible Grilled Minced Meat Rolls

Dish recipes: Mici
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Mici, also known as "mititei," are a beloved Romanian specialty that will tantalize your taste buds. These small, grilled minced meat rolls are a staple at gatherings and barbecues, offering a burst of flavor that's impossible to resist.


To create this Romanian delight, you'll need the following ingredients:

500g ground beef

250g ground pork

1 small onion, finely grated

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon thyme

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 tablespoons sparkling water

Vegetable oil (for brushing)

Sliced bread, mustard, and pickles (for serving)


Follow these simple steps to make Mici

Prepare the Meat Mixture:

In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, ground pork, grated onion, minced garlic, paprika, thyme, black pepper, salt, and baking soda. Mix the ingredients well, then add the sparkling water. Knead until you have a smooth, homogenous mixture.

Shape the Mici:

Take a small amount of the meat mixture and roll it into a sausage-like shape, about the length of your palm and the thickness of your finger.


Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Brush the mici with vegetable oil to prevent sticking. Grill them for about 5-7 minutes, turning occasionally, until they are browned and cooked through.


Mici are traditionally served hot, either on sliced bread or with mustard and pickles. They make a perfect snack or a hearty meal when served with a side of fresh salad.

In conclusion, Mici are a delicious and iconic Romanian dish that brings friends and family together. The irresistible combination of flavors and the simple preparation make them a favorite in Romanian cuisine.