Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Roasted peppers!

You haven't really enjoyed peppers unless you've eaten them Serbian-style. Especially around the end of September when they're at their peak, these sweet peppers, either green as above or red as below, are roasted on a grill or even directly on the burner on one's stove like I did above, until their skin is black. When they're cool, peel the burned part away, place in a salad bowl as below, add plenty of chopped garlic, oil, and vinegar, and enjoy! Yum. Serbs also make roasted peppers into ajvar (pronounced EYE-var) by adding roasted eggplant and garlic, and running it all through a meat grinder. Ajvar is then eaten as a garnish, spread on bread, or mixed with a kind of feta cheese. Yum again.


16 comments:

Sharon said...

Looks delicious.

Adam said...

Mmmm, pecene paprike (roasted peppers)! The first time I tried them, home cooked by a friend's mother, I was hooked!

Utterly delicious.

I want some now.....

Dan said...

Yummy! I just came home from work and I am ready for dinner!

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babooshka said...

Yummy. I do like roasted peppers and the aubergine sounds fantastic too. Gorgeous images today.

Kris said...

The Serbs (and the Hungarians) prepare capsicums in so many creative ways that they put the rest of the world to shame!

MuseSwings said...

Yum! My Mother-in-Law made the Romanian version of the pepper and eggplant appetizer -I think it is called Zacusca. I really enjoy roasted peppers - I'll try your version!

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USelaine said...

You are a marvelous food porn purveyor! Roasted red sweet peppers are starting to be more common on menus in California. You can even buy them canned!

Tash said...

Oh, yum indeed, mouth watering photos! Such a pretty table setting too. An international market on Hawthorne & PCH sells Ajvar (Bulgarian?) that my mom enjoys and sour cherries preserves from Greece that I just love. Vegeta is also sold in small & large packages.

Chuck Pefley said...

Ajvar sounds like the perfect tappenade or a great topping for bruschetta.

Marie Reed said...

That just looks heavenly! I want a big bite:)

vero said...

Mmm... ajvar and cevapcici....very very good!

soulbrush said...

looks simply devine...i can't eat garlic, but the peppers themselves would do for me. yum yum.

Sajkaca said...

Hmmm, pečene paprike! The picture looks fantastic...and what's behind? Is that šopska salata? Oh, I get hungry!!!!

Virginia said...

Food porn purveyor!HA Well this looks divine. Would love to be sitting down with you right now Bibi. Lovely table you set for us.

Louis la Vache said...

Yes! Yum! You've made "Louis" hungry! (Remember - he has multiple stomachs to fill...)

Webradio said...

Bonjour Bibi...
Madame fait de la bonne cuisine... On peut venir manger ?
A plus tard.