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Mititei on the grill.
Alternative names Mici
Course Main course
Place of origin Romania
Region or state Bucharest
Creator Ionescu Iordache
Serving temperature Hot
Main ingredients Lamb, pork, beef, coriander, onion, garlic, black pepper, thyme, sodium bicarbonate
Other information Best served with mustard and a cold beer.
Cookbook: Mititei 

Mititei (Romanian pronunciation: ) or mici (pronounced , both Romanian words meaning "small ones") is a traditional Romanian dish of grilled ground meat rolls made from a mixture of beef, lamb and pork with 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 french fries, mustard and murături (Romanian pickles). A cold beer is a must for this very popular dish in Romania.


  • History 1
  • Notes and references 2
  • See also 3
  • External links 4


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% of 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, desserts and sodas.[2] Mititei and sarmale, traditionally home-made foods, were exempt.[3]

Notes and references

  1. ^ "Obésité: fléau mondial". RFI (in Français). 
  2. ^ "Guvernul Boc bagă McTaxa pe hamburgeri, sucuri și dulciuri ca să îngrașe bugetul. Ce părere ai de proiectului ministrului Attila Cseke de la Sănătate?". Gandul (in Română). 
  3. ^ "Mititeii si sarmalele nu vor fi taxate. Cati bani vrea ministrul Sanatatii sa stranga din McTaxa si impozitul pe boala". Dailybusiness (in Română). 

See also

External links

  • (Romanian) Wikibooks Cookbook – 1920 recipe for mititei
  • recipeMici
  • Mititei Recipe - Romanian Food
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