Mititei (Romanian minced meat rolls)


Prep time
Less then 30 minutes
Cooking time
10 to 30 minutes


  • 250g / 9oz minced pork
  • 250g / 9oz minced beef
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp harissa paste
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp soaked and ground caraway seeds
  • 1 tsp marjoram
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp allspice (optional)
  • meat, chicken or vegetable stock, for basting (optional)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil, for frying


  1. Combine all the ingredients, apart from the olive oil and stock, together in a large mixing bowl.

  2. Knead together for about five minutes - the ingredients need to be very well combined.

  3. Divide the mixture into small handfuls and roll into small sausage shapes.

  4. Heat the oil in a large heavy-bottomed frying pan or griddle. Cook the sausages over a medium heat for 20-30 minutes, or until cooked through. Turn them several times during cooking and baste with a little stock to keep them moist, if you like.

  5. Serve with mustard.