Romanian Grilled Minced Meat Rolls

Romanian Grilled Minced Meat Rolls

Romanian Grilled Minced Meat Rolls

Recipe By:iona
“Romanian Grilled Minced Meat Rolls (MICI) are great when grilled, but you could roast or pan-fry. Serve hot with good Italian bread and mustard accompanied by a cold beer. It is great for backyard parties. My friends just love it !”


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 8 ounces chopped suet
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon finely ground juniper berries
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons beef broth


  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the ground beef, suet, baking soda, caraway seeds, garlic, salt, pepper and juniper berries using your hands. Mix with your hands for about 15 minutes, adding a little bit of the water at a time. This part can be made a few hours ahead of time if you like.
  2. Preheat a grill for high heat. With wet hands form the meat into rolls about 3 inches long and 1 inch thick. Brush lightly with oil.
  3. Grill the meat for 5 to 10 minutes, basting frequently with a mixture of beef broth and any remaining oil, until well done.

Shortening as a Substitute for Suet

Suet is the fat found around the kidney and other organs in animals. It is a saturated fat and used traditionally in pastry, in steamed puddings and sweet mincemeat. There are ready-made vegetarian alternatives available which can be bought in leading supermarkets. Look for the brand Atora for both the meat and vegetarian versions.

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