Cevapcici are classic sausages or meatballs from the Balkans and can be easily made vegan with chickpeas instead of meat! Besides chickpeas, my vegan cevapi recipe also contains soy-free sunflower mince and flavorful spices to ensure the perfect meaty consistency and best flavor! You can fry, grill, or bake them in the oven!
Place the sunflower mince in a bowl. Pour the hot vegetable broth over it and allow to soak for 5-10 minutes. Then transfer to a fine-meshed sieve and squeeze out any excess liquid.
Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the onions and sauté for about 3 minutes, until translucent. Then add the garlic and sauté for another minute, until fragrant.
Place the chickpeas, sautéed onions and garlic, soaked sunflower mince, and all other ingredients, including spices and herbs in a food processor, and process into a dough (see photo above).
Then form it into sausages, patties or balls, whatever shape you like.
Now fry the cevapcici in a pan with plenty of hot oil until they're golden brown from all sides, about 8 minutes. Alternatively, brush the cevapcici with a little oil and bake in a preheated oven at 392°F/200°C top/bottom heat (356°F/180°C fan) until golden brown, about 25 minutes (flipping halfway through).