cypriot sausages recipe sheftalia

Cypriot sausages recipe (Sheftalia)

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Me To Mati would like to thank Helen Krist on this collaboration.


40 pieces

Prep Time

40 minutes

Cooking Time

20 minutes



Cypriot sausage known as sheftalia is traditionally made with pork, wrapped in caul fat.  Caul fat is a thin membrane that surrounds the internal organs of animals such as sheep, pigs, and cows and used as a casing for these delights.  Traditionally cooked over hot coals such as a BBQ, alternatively, they can be grilled or shallowly fried.


  • Caul fat (available at selected butcher stores)

  • 1kg pork (minced)

  • 6 brown onions (medium size) finely chopped

  • 3 red onions (medium size) finely chopped

  • parsley, finely chopped

  • 1 lemon (juice of 1 lemon)

  • olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon (optional)

  • salt (to taste)

  • pepper (to taste)

caul fat


  • Add onions, parsley, lemon juice to minced pork.
  • Combine ingredients adding 1 tablespoon of cinnamon (optional), salt and pepper.
  • Mixing all ingredients until well combined.
  • Lay a piece of a caul on a non-slip surface and roll a piece mixture into an oval shape and wrap.
  • Instructions on how to wrap the sheftalia on our  video, starts at 2:34.
  • Repeat process with remaining mince mixture.
  • Using a hot grill, place the sheftalia close together and cook for 10-15 minutes or until browned.
  • Add lemon juice over the hot sheftalia.
  • Serve with a fresh salad, pita bread and a nice dipping sauce.
sheftalia recipe

Tip for sheftalia

There should be equal quantities of mince, onion, and parsley, so adjust as necessary. During the cooking process, do not turn until each side has browned up (approx. 10 min on each side).

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