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Tis the time to make LIUTENICA ^-^ #21

Liutenica (лютеница) is a spicy vegetable relish, popular in several Balkan cuisines, including Bulgarian. It includes ingredients like peppers, carrots, eggplant, tomatoes, onion, garlic, black pepper, vegetable oil, sugar and salt. Although the word “лютеница” comes from “лют” - hot, spicy, it’s not necessarily hot. There are many varieties, some are hotter than others, some are smooth and others have bits. 

In Bulgaria, it comes in jars so you can spread it on bread. It’s also common to eat it with meatballs, kebapčeta, or add cheese (as shown in the pic). Lots of families prepare homemade liutenica at the end of summer, because similarly to туршия (turšia), liutenica is a part of зимнина (zimnina) - the kind of food that is stored in jars to be eaten throughout winter.