Zacusca is a Romanian vegetable spread popularly served on bread or as a relish for meats.

Makes 4-6 serving

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium Eggplant

  • 2 Bell Peppers

  • Oil, as needed

  • 1/2 an Onion

  • 2 Jalapeño Peppers (optional)

  • 1 large Tomato

  • Salt & Pepper, to taste

  • 6 slices Bread

Method:

  1. Using a fork, poke a few holes in the eggplant.
  2. Bake eggplant and peppers on a foil lined sheet at 400°F for 20 minutes. Remove peppers and bake eggplant longer if needed. The skin should blacken.
  3. Remove skin from eggplant and seeds from peppers.
  4. Place eggplant and peppers into a blender or food processor and process until chunky.
  5. In a pan, heat oil. Add chopped onion and chopped jalapeños. Cook for 5 minutes.
  6. Add all ingredients to the pan. Simmer for at least 30 minutes, or until everything breaks down. Simmer up to 90 minutes, or until desired thickness is reached.
  7. Adjust seasonings, spread on toast, and enjoy!

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