Bombari is a Cypriot traditional recipe which resembles like sausage but it is actually a cooked meal. My mother used to make this and we loved it.   Although I did not have a recipe for this, however, I could remember the way she used to make it and I tried to recreate it. I even remember that she would cut the minced meat by hand, using two sharp knives in opposite direction.  However, I did not know if she used sheep, goat or hog casings, so I preferred to use pork casings. I also could not remember if there was cinnamon in it, but I added some  and the final result was quite close and in any case it was delicious.

I know that some of you may feel disgusted at the site of the intestines but believe me if they are properly cleaned they are much better than using synthetic casings made of cellulose, collagen, fibrous or muslin.

Sausage casings cannot be found in Athens, so I had to make a special order to my butcher. His supplier sent the entire intestine, which was a lot of meters long, and fortunately it was cleaned and washed, but nevertheless I also washed it many times to be absolutely sure that we could eat it. After washing it, I have kept some of it in the deep freezer as I intend to make this again and I also intend to make sausages. The recipe is not at all difficult although we had a little difficulty at the beginning with the procedure of filling them, but once we found the best way it was easy.  The small sausage machine I had was not at all practical, so in the end I used an old plastic pastry piping tool which I never use any more.

The recipe is included in my cookbook Mint, Cinnamon & Blossom Water, Flavours of Cyprus, Kopiaste!

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16 Comments on Bombari

  1. Rosa says:

    Wow, I’ve always wanted to make my own sausages… Your Bombari look perfect and delicious! I’d love to taste them…

    Cheers and have a great Sunday,


  2. Peter G says:

    Oh god! I’ve gone to sausage heaven! I love this Ivy but I’ve never heard of the Cyprian version. (I love “splinandero”…my dad makes it)…I’m already licking my lips in anticipation of the Spartan sausage. Can’t wait!

  3. Joan Nova says:

    The next time I’m in the neighborhood, I’m coming over for Bombari. I never even thought about making my own sausage but you make it look not too difficult and I imagine the pride of doing it yourself tastes very sweet next to the meat.

  4. Peter says:

    I love sausages and when made at home, you know exactly what you’re getting. Thanks for introducing Bombari as it’s new to me.

    No casings in Athens? Perhaps at Varkakeios?

  5. Reeni says:

    You did a great job! What a brave woman you are, you make it look so easy! I bet they were delicious.

  6. Adam says:

    Whoa, holy sausages! You must know I love my kielbasa, but I’m always up for something new. I think it’s fun how different all sausages can be around the world.

  7. PG says:

    you are an expert! wow! The recipe looks so good. And the pictures too. Even though I don’t eat pork, but hubby would surely drool over these. I don’t know if one could buy intestines so easily here locally. But, even I would prefer the natural product to the others, if I were ever to make them at home.

  8. arfi says:

    Ivy, that is fantastic! I haven’t made our own sausages although we home-kill our lambs. We can’t use any casings because the ones sold are usually Pig’s. I don’t know if lambs’ can be casings? Not sure. Well, excellent work, Ivy!

  9. Ning says:

    My grandmother used to clean the intestines with just lots of salt and vinegar (no lemons). I confess I’ve never tried it myself. :) This is going to be added to my to-do list :)

  10. vij says:

    Gr8 job ivy! Looks tedious!

  11. Bravo Ivy! An excellent job and a very detailed post. Looks delicious. :-)

  12. Cakelaw says:

    Wow, I am impressed – first you make filo, then you make sausages (or a sausage like dish)! These look really good.

  13. Núria says:

    Wow Ivy! So much work… I’ve never done anything like this before… I might be lazy because I rather buy them done. Not that I don’t admire what you did… like Peter M says, this way you know what you eat ;D
    Good job, girl!

  14. I think we would have to special order the casings as well sis, but these sounds incredible!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  16. Psychgrad says:

    Oh my goodness. Such a devotion to making sausages! The end product looks very good. Most of the process looks like fun, but I’m not sure I would love the intestine cleaning part.

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