My great addiction: ajvar! What a delicately flavored concoction of pureed smoked red peppers, eggplant, oil, and seasonings!
Ajvar is a staple of Balkan cuisine and found throughout central Europe. Alas, it is not very well-known in this country.
I discovered a jar of it one day on the shelf of a specialty grocery store and now I can't get enough. I buy it by the case and use it on everything savory. I replace tomato sauces on pizza with ajvar, toss it with pasta, spread it on crab cakes, sandwiches, and burgers. I use it as a side dish to meats. I eat it right from the jar! And it turns everything it touches to culinary gold.
Has anyone else tried it? Give me some ideas for your favorite uses! What are your can't-live-without foods?
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