Mititei

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For the village in Bistriţa-Năsăud County, see Nimigea.
Mititei
Mititei la gratar.jpg
Mititei on the grill.
Alternative names Mici
Course Main course
Place of origin Flag of Romania.svg
Region or state Bucharest, Romania
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
Cookbook: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 french fries, mustard and pickles. A cold beer is a must for this very popular dish in Romania.

History[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. Nowadays, they are sold both freshly grilled in restaurants and pre-made (raw but unfrozen) in grocery stores.

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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