Mititei

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Mititei
Main course
Mititei la gratar.jpg
Mititei on the grill.
Alternative name(s):
Mici
Place of origin:
Flag of Romania.svg
Region or state:
Bucharest, Romania
Creator(s):
Ionescu Iordache
Serving temperature:
Hot
Main ingredient(s):
Lamb
Pork
Beef
Coriander
Onion
Garlic
Black pepper
Thyme
Sodium bicarbonate
Other information:
best served with Mustard
Recipes at Wikibooks:
Cookbook [[b:Cookbook: Mititei|Mititei]]
Media at Wikimedia Commons:
Wikimedia Commons  [[b:commons:Special:Search/Mititei|Mititei]]
 
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Mititei
Main course
Mititei la gratar.jpg
Mititei on the grill.
Alternative name(s):
Mici
Place of origin:
Flag of Romania.svg
Region or state:
Bucharest, Romania
Creator(s):
Ionescu Iordache
Serving temperature:
Hot
Main ingredient(s):
Lamb
Pork
Beef
Coriander
Onion
Garlic
Black pepper
Thyme
Sodium bicarbonate
Other information:
best served with Mustard
Recipes at Wikibooks:
Cookbook [[b:Cookbook: Mititei|Mititei]]
Media at Wikimedia Commons:
Wikimedia Commons  [[b:commons:Special:Search/Mititei|Mititei]]

Mititei (Romanian pronunciation: [mitiˈtej]) or mici (pronounced [mit͡ʃʲ], both Romanian words meaning "small things") is a traditional Romanian dish of grilled ground meat rolls made from a mixture of beef, lamb and pork and spices such as garlic, black pepper, thyme, coriander, anise, savory and sometimes a touch of paprika. Sodium bicarbonate and broth or water are also added to the mixture.

It is best served accompanied by mustard and beer. Ideally the mustard should not be overly tart, lest it interferes with the taste of the mititei. The dish is very popular in Romania.

History[edit]

Nowadays, they are sold both fresh in restaurants and pre-made in grocery stores.

Romanian version[edit]

The journalist Constantin Bacalbașa wrote in his book Dictatura gastronomică that mititei were invented one night at an inn called Iordache on Covaci's street in the old Bucharest, held by a Transylvanian named Ionescu Iordache, who was famous for his sausages. One evening while he was missing sausage casings, he laid the rolls of meat directly onto the grill.

Bosnian version[edit]

Another source reports the Bosnian origin of the national dish mititei, with the Bosnian Cevapcici. Many Bosnian dishes are similar to those of Romania, such as some sausages. However, most recipes for the former Yugoslavia are reminiscent of Turkish cuisine, hence it is not surprising, given that both countries were under Ottoman influence, that their two national dishes, the mici and the adana kebab are like cevapcici.

Exemption from Mctax[edit]

In 2010 the Romanian government, through the Health Minister Attila Cseke, citing that as a result of a diet rich in junk food, obesity affects more than 20% the Romanian population,[1] was thinking to impose a tax on junk food, known popularly as McTaxa (referring to McDonald's food) on fast food, such as McDonald's, KFC, Pizza Hut and other junk food such as snacks, deserts and sodas.[2] Mititei and sarmale, traditionally home-made foods, were exempt.[3]

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