Ajvar (Roasted Pepper and Eggplant Spread)

Ajvar

Ajvar

A smoky, sweet, and savory condiment as versatile as ketchup. This version is adapted from Tim Wiechmann, of Boston's Playska, a Balkan-style sandwich shop. Get the recipe for Ajvar »Matt Taylor-Gross

A smoky, sweet, and savory condiment as versatile as ketchup. This version is adapted from Tim Wiechmann, of Boston's Playska, a Balkan-style sandwich shop.

Roasted Red Pepper and Eggplant Sauce (Ajvar)
This Balkan spread is a smoky, sweet and savory condiment as versatile as ketchup.
Yield: makes 3 cups
Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 4 large red bell peppers, stemmed, seeded, and quartered
  • 1 large eggplant, trimmed and halved lengthwise
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • Kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Heat the oven to 500°. On a foil-lined baking sheet, arrange the peppers and eggplant halves skin side up. Scatter the garlic around the vegetables, then drizzle with the oil and season with salt. Bake until the peppers and eggplant are lightly charred, about 15 minutes.
  2. Transfer the baking sheet to a rack, let cool slightly, then transfer the vegetables to a food processor and purée until smooth. Scrape the sauce into a container and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.