Mici is one of the many traditional Romanian dishes you should try. The grilled minced meat rolls are prepared in different ways. Traditionally, they are made fresh from a mix of beef, pork and lamb mince and some spices and grilled on a hot grill. (In Romania, in many cases, still over wood fire).


Buy minced meat at the butcher of your choice and decide whether you want the minced meat traditionally with beef, pork and lamb or only with beef. Then put the minced meat and the spices listed in the ingredient list into a bowl and mix everything thoroughly with your hands and then form small rolls. Leave the rolls in the refrigerator for a while. Before you put them on the grill, let them get used to room temperature. Turn them several times on the grill. You can also fry them in a pan. Depending on the type of meat you choose, you can also add a little broth to the mixture to make the meat rolls juicier.
Serve mici with mustard, sour cream or garlic sauce. It is traditionally served with white bread or French fries. Often sour pickled vegetables or coleslaw is added as a side dish.
In Romania you can eat mici in many restaurants or as street food on your hand. A simple but still tasty meal.

Mici (Mince Rolls)

Ingredients for 4 people (4-6 mince rolls per person)

  • 600 g minced meat ( beef, pork and lamb mixed according to your choice, I recommend 50% beef, 30% pork and 20% minced meat)
  • 1 mild onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • Spices: Salt, black pepper, thyme, cumin, paprika a good pinch of each (adjust to your taste).
  • In many cases, a small pinch of baking soda is added to the meat to make the meat rolls juicier.

As side dishes:

  • White bread
  • mustard or garlic sauce
  • sour pickled vegetables


  • Fries (rum. cartofi prajiti)
  • Mamaliga (corn semolina) you need 500 ml of water and 500 ml of milk, 50 g of butter, salt and, of course, corn semolina, which you swell over low heat, stirring constantly. At the end, depending on your taste, you can add grated feta cheese and season with salt.

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