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Sheftalia (Barbequed Sausages)

Cuisine: Cypriot, Greek
Type: Meat
Serves: 50 people

Recipe Ingredients

1 1/8 lbs 510g / 17ozFinely ground fatty pork
1 1/8 lbs 510g / 17ozFinely ground veal or lamb
1 lb 454g / 16ozOnion - finely chopped (large)
1/2 cup 73g / 2.6ozParsley - chopped fine
2 teaspoons 10mlSalt
1/2 lb 227g / 8ozPanna*

Recipe Instructions

*caul fat from pig kidneys

Combine pork with veal or lamb, onion, parsley, salt and a generous grinding of black pepper.

Dip panna into a bowl of warm water for a minute or two, remove and carefully open out a piece at a time, laying it out flat on work surface. Cut with kitchen scissors into pieces about 10 cm (4 inches) square.

Take a good tablespoon of meat mixture and shape into a thick sausage about 5 cm (2 inches) long. Place towards one edge of piece of panna, fold end and sides over meat and roll up firmly. Repeat with remaining ingredients.

Thread sausages on flat sword-like skewers, leaving space between them. Number on each skewer depends on their length.

Cook over glowing charcoal, turning frequently. Do not place too close to heat as sheftalia must cook fairly slowly so that the inside is well cooked and the outside nicely browned without being burnt. The panna melts during cooking, keeping the meat moist and adding flavor. Excessive flaring of fire can be controlled by a sprinkle of water on the coals. Serve sheftalia as an appetizer or a main course.

The Complete Middle East Cookbook, by Tess Mallos


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