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Mititei (Mici) is a traditional Romanian grilled homemade sausage made with ground beef, ground pork, garlic, and spices. Pronounced MEE-tee-TAY or MEECH. Serve with bread rolls and mustard.

Recipe Summary

45 mins
10 mins
2 hrs
2 hrs 55 mins
40 mititei


Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine ground beef, ground pork, garlic, broth, salt, coriander, cumin, thyme, pepper, and baking soda in a large bowl. Mix until everything is well combined. Cover bowl and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, best overnight. Do not skip this important step, because it increases the flavor and ensures that the meat comes out tender.

  • Form meat into cylinder-shaped sausages, about 3 inches long and 1 inch thick, with wet hands (this prevents the meat from sticking to your fingers).

  • Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate.

  • Grill sausages on the preheated grill, carefully turning after about 4 to 5 minutes. Only flip them if they come off easily. Grill on the other side until cooked through about 3 more minutes.

Cook's Note:

In the summer Romanian barbecues are full of mici. Everyone gathers around outside to laugh and visit while these little hand-formed sausages cook. They rarely make it onto a serving platter as everyone grabs them right off the grill and dips them in spicy mustard, eating them very hot.

Nutrition Facts

80 calories; protein 6.5g; carbohydrates 0.8g; fat 5.5g; cholesterol 23.5mg; sodium 269mg. Full Nutrition