The word sheftalia comes from the Turkish word sheftali which is kebab. Along with halloumi, sheftalia is the most well-known Cypriot food.
Sheftalia are long burgers which are made with pork minced meat, onion, parsley, aromatics and spices which are then wrapped together. The sheftalia are rolled into long meatballs which are covered in a membrane that surrounds the stomach of pig or lamb.
Sheftalies are cooked on the grill for about 20 to 30 minutes, which also melts the fat of the membrane. They are usually served in pitta bread along with cucumber, tomato, parsley and onion.