Despite its name, Cigarim have really got nothing to do with smoking, though they are cigar shaped.
Best described as an Israeli take on Chinese spring rolls, cigarim are long thin pastry rolls that are filled with either minced meat, usually lamb or potato.
Ideal as finger food for parties, or served as a starter, cigarim are staple item at all Israeli restaurants as well as caterers for parties.
Of course, if you don't want to go out and eat them, a number of food manufacturers offer ready to fry cigarim at home. To date, no one in the UK offers a meaty cigarim, so it's a case of having to make do with veggie cigarim and have meaty when out.
Recently I had an opportunity to eat cigarim out. At a private party catered by Carole Sobell, the cigarim were lamb-based and very tasty. Not too spicy, but very pleasant. Finger food should also mean you hands don't get greasy and the Carole Sobell cigarim were well friend without any grease drips.
While at Solly's in Golders Green, as part of a selection of hot starters, the meat cigarim looked appealing, tasted quite nice but were a tad too oily. Before serving they should have been dried to remove the oil so as to eat them as they are intended - by hand.
So if you have never experienced cigarim, next time you see it on a menu, give it a try.