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A threesome of kebapcheta

Kebapche (Bulgarian: кебапче, plural кебапчета, kebapcheta) is a Bulgarian dish of grilled minced meat with spices. The meat is shaped into an elongated cylindrical form, similar to a hot dog. Typically, a mix of pork and beef is used, although some recipes involve only pork. The preferred spices are black pepper, cumin and salt. Kebapche is a grilled food. It is never fried or baked.

A typical addition to a kebapche meal are chips (French fries), often covered with grated sirene (fresh white cheese similar to feta); lyutenitsa is sometimes used as a dip. The expression a three kebapcheta with sides (тройка кебапчета с гарнитура, troika kebapcheta s garnitura) is particularly well-known. The preferred drink to go with a kebapche is beer.[citation needed]

The word kebapche is derived from kebab, –che is a diminutive Bulgarian neutral suffix, i.e. a "little kebab". A dish similar to kebapche and often combined with it is kyufte, which is often the same in terms of meat and spices but round-shaped. It often includes onions and parsley, which kebapche does not.

It is essentially the same dish as Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian ćevapčići, but the Bulgarian kebapcheta are typically larger.

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  • "Recipe Kebapches" (PDF). Bulgaria Travel. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  • Georgieff, Anthony (2008-11-01). "The rise and fall of the Bulgarian kebapche". Vagabond. Vagabond Media Ltd. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  • Паунов, Радко (2013-08-18). "В Бачково разкриха тайната на истинското кебапче". 24 часа (in Bulgarian). Retrieved 29 August 2015.[permanent dead link]

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