This dish takes its inspiration from a popular Serbian street food. Cevapi (pronounced Ch-Ay-Vah-Pea) is a minced meat patty consisting of pork, beef, and lamb with diced onions, garlic, and paprika. In the Serbian capital of Belgrade, you’ll see countless vendors selling these in a variety of presentations. Here, I’ve updated the classic meatball slider we all know and love, and added a Balkan twist.
Mix together meat, onions, egg white, salt, paprika, and black pepper. Roll the mixture into 12 balls.
Melt butter in a large non-stick pan on medium high heat. Place meatballs in pan and for three minutes until browned and crisp. Repeat for both sides.
Reduce heat to medium low and fry for another five to seven minutes, or until done.
Place meatballs in heated buns and garnish as desired with shredded cheese, mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, chili flakes, and sour cream. I recommend all of the above.