The "lazy" part of the recipe is the preparation of the ingredients. Traditionally lutenitza is made from red peppers and tomatoes and one can add eggplants, carrots, onions, garlic, parsley, spicy peppers to taste. The tomatoes should be made into tomato paste, while peppers and eggplants are grilled, peeled and cleaned of the seeds. The lazy lutenitza requires just chopping the veggies, mixing them with salt and sunflower oil and baking them in the oven. When baked, the mix is blended, using a hand blender and then preserved in jars - this is so much easier and so quick and the taste is still excellent. Dependent on the ratio of the ingredients the taste can be sweeter or more sour or spicy.
This year our preferred lutenitza is as follows:
- 8-9 red peppers (~ 1.2 kg)
- 4 tomatoes (~ 0.8 kg)
- 0.5 kg carrots
- 1 eggplant
- 1.5 tbsp salt
- 150 g sunflower oil
The relish is usually consumed with bread and white cheese.