A type of Bulgarian appetizer


Lyutenitsa is a sauce-like spread that is made from tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants pureed together. It looks a lot like babbaganush and has similar ingredients but it tastes a little more peppery. Lyut in Bulgarian means hot as in spicy, hence lyutenitsa. Although in truth, lyutenitsa is not really spicy. Enjoy this on bread or as a side dish.


20 lbs red peppers
3 lbs tomatoes
2 1/2 cups oil
2 cups sugar
20-25 chili peppers, assorted
1/3 cup salt


Roast the red peppers, peel and seed, and grind coarsely. Cut the tomatoes in 4-5 pieces each, grind and toss with the peppers in oil, fry for about 10 minutes. Add the sugar and the salt, add some water and simmer until the mixture thickens. Half way through, add the ground chili peppers.
Preserve in jars. Eat cold.

About Lyutenitza

Lyutenitza (ljutenica, lyutenitsa, lutenica) is a national relish of Bulgaria. The ingredients vary by region but in general include tomatoes, peppers, onion, garlic, black pepper, vegetable oil, sugar and salt. Lyutenitza is a little milder (less hot) than the other popular relish Ajvar.
Bulgarian: Лютеница.

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