If you’ve been having trouble finding low FODMAP sausages with any flavour, or finding low FODMAP sausages at all, then look no further. You can make your own at home in no time at all. Sure, you could mess around with a sausage maker and sausage skin and do the whole thing ‘properly’. But an easier way would be to make these skinless sausages, or low FODMAP cevapi.
Making cevapi like making meatballs, except you roll the mince into a sausage shape instead of balls. Although if you prefer meatballs to sausages, you might want to try this Low FODMAP Tray Bake: Meatballs, Tomatoes & Wedges.
Anyway, back to the sausages…
Skinless sausages may sound a little strange to you, but these are a real thing. Cevapi are traditionally from south-eastern Europe. They’re minced meat, rolled into logs (i.e. sausages), cooked, and served with flatbreads and other ingredients. While this cevapi recipe certainly couldn’t be called traditional, it’s low FODMAP and I’m sure you’ll love it.
To start with, get some mince. I normally use beef because it’s cheaper. Next up, add some flavour. To make this super easy, I’ve used my low FODMAP taco seasoning mix, which is packed with lots of herbs and spices. This seasoning mix is really an all-rounder. Then roll the flavoured mince into sausages and cook them up.
You do need to be a little more careful with cevapi than regular sausages because there isn’t any skin to hold the meat together while it’s cooking. But so long as you don’t toss the frying pan around, it shouldn’t be a problem. They’re still stable enough to turn with kitchen tongs, just like normal sausages.
After the cevapi are cooked, it’s time to make a sauce. And if you do it in the same pan, you get to use the leftover pan drippings for extra flavour. This sauce is super easy to make too. A tin of tomatoes, some more taco seasoning mix, and a bit of water. Simple.
Lastly, it’s time to serve them up. Traditionally cevapi are served with flatbreads. So I’ve used my low FODMAP wraps. But you can use any other wraps that you can tolerate. Or, you could wrap them in bread, giving you the Aussie favourite of ‘sausage in bread’ – and yes, I’ve done this too! I also like to add some mixed lettuce leaves to round out the meal.
So, how about making these super easy low FODMAP cevapi. They’re quick to make, fun to eat, and they’ll bring back a food that you’ve probably been missing.
Low FODMAP Cevapi (Skinless Sausages)
Makes: 4 serves
Serving size: 2 sausages + sauce
Special equipment: nothing special, just a frying pan
- 500g lean beef mince
- 1 and 1/2 tbsp (30 ml) Low FODMAP Taco Seasoning Mix
- Oil for cooking – just enough to coat the bottom of the pan to prevent sticking
- 400g can of diced tomatoes
- 2 tsp taco seasoning mix
- 1/4 cup (60 ml) water
- 4 Low FODMAP Wraps (or other low FODMAP bread)
- 4 large handfuls of mixed lettuce leaves
- To make the cevapi, mix the taco seasoning mix into the beef mince with your hands. Then divide the mixture into 8 equal pieces and shape each one into a sausage.
- Heat a non-stick frying pan and add just enough oil to stop the cevapi from sticking. Cook the cevapi in the pan, turning each sausage a one-quarter rotation after 2-3 minutes, until they’ve been cooked on all 4 sides and are cooked the whole way through. Remove from the pan.
- To make the sauce, add the diced tomatoes, extra taco seasoning mix and water. Use an egg flip, spoon or spatula to mix the sauce, so that you scrape up the pan drippings and mix them into the sauce. Cook for about 5 minutes or until thickened.
- To serve, put a wrap on each plate and top with a handful of mixed lettuce leaves. Then add 2 sausages to each wrap and spoon over the sauce.
- This recipe is suitable for a low FODMAP diet, provided that the recommended serving size for this recipe is not exceeded.
- This recipe is naturally gluten-free, dairy-free and nut-free. However, if you have an allergy to any of these items, or have coeliac disease, please check the labels on any purchased ingredients to ensure they are safe for your requirements.
- When selecting canned tomatoes, check the ingredients to make sure there aren’t any added ingredients such as garlic, onions or flavours.