Favorite Dish on the Super Bowl Buffet, Guaranteed
Cevapcici (Lamb and Beef Sausage) Flatbread Pizza
Ajvar (Spicy Roasted Red Pepper and Eggplant Dip/Spread)
Mozzarella, Sweet Onion, Sour Cream
San Pedro, our charming town located on the seaside corner of America’s second largest city, is home to thousands of Croatians, including my butcher. One of his specialties is the stubby cigar-shaped Balkan sausage known as cevapcici. He makes his with lamb and beef and spices although some people also add pork to the mix.
They are skinless and formed by a unique kitchen gadget, into what I would call a particularly unfortunate shape as they are not too pretty for the camera if you know what I mean. But what they lack in visual appeal, they make up for in flavor.
Cevapcici are almost always accompanied by onion and often by sour cream, peppers, flatbread, and ajvar – a super-tasty Balkan spread/dip/relish made primarily with roasted red pepper then smaller amounts of roasted eggplant, chili, salt, sunflower oil, and sometimes garlic. For the Super Bowl, I’m transforming the beloved Balkan sausage and it’s condiments into a pizza. It will be the favorite dish on the buffet, guaranteed.
Pronounce all the c’s like a ch, Che-VAP’-Chi-Chi. And pronounce ajvar as AY-var.
How to Make Cevapcici Flatbread Pizza
- cevapcici – purchased from Croatian butcher
- olive oil
- mozzarella, shredded
- ajvar – purchased from Croation butcher, or homemade (lots of easy recipes online)
- hawaiian sweet onion, thinly sliced
- sour cream
Slice cevapcici in half lengthwise. Place cut-side-down on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake at 400°F until just cooked through and barely pink in the center. This took 5 minutes using convection. Remove cevapcici to paper towels, pat dry to remove excess grease.
Meanwhile, lightly brush both sides of flatbread with olive oil. Place on a baking sheet. Top with mozzarella then spread ajvar over the cheese. Arrange cevapcici on top of the ajvar. Place in the oven for about 5 to 8 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
Place flatbread pizza on a cutting board. Top with plenty of sweet onion and dollops of sour cream.
Use a large chef’s knife to cut into squares. Serve immediately.
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