Hairy Bikers’ Mici

One of Romania’s most popular and enduring dishes, mici (literally: “small ones”) are sometimes known as mititei (meaty-tay), generally referred to in English as “sausages”. What makes Romanian mici unique is that they have no casing – they are simply blends of meat and spices formed into a small “log” and grilled or pan-fried.

Below is the recipe they described on TV, the BBC website has a slightly different recipe for Mititei.


  • 500g ground beef
  • 500g ground pork
  • some speck (smoked lard) or smokey bacon
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 4 onions finely chopped
  • 2 tsps marjoram
  • 2 tsps smoked paprika
  • 6 tsps sweet paprika
  • 2 tsps fresh thyme
  • 2 tsps soaked & ground caraway
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsps Harisa paste (chili paste)
  • black pepper


  1. Mix into a paste with your hands until smooth.
  2. Work into sausage shape.
  3. Fry on a griddle
  4. Serve with Dijon-style mustard.

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