Bulgarian Eggplant Pepper Spread (Kyopolou)

I first tasted this special dip, of all places, at a breakfast buffet at a hotel in Sofia, Bulgaria. With my Hungarian grandmother famous for her less-than inspiring cooking from the region, who could have guessed a simple hotel buffet would change my world culinary outlook for ever. Three distinctly Bulgarian foods at one sitting changed everything: kyopolou, the transformative Bulgarian yogurt, and sirene (Bulgarian feta).

Kyopolou – Eggplant Pepper Spread

This Bulgarian spread or dip is served before meals with warm pita bread to scoop it up. It makes for a refreshingly clean tasting vegetable dip that is especially delicious at the height of summer. Store bought roasted peppers can make this recipe in 15 minutes and will still taste pretty darn good.
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Course: Appetizer, Condiment, Dip
Cuisine: Bulgaria, Eastern European
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 6
Author: My Hungry Traveler

Equipment

  • Food Processor or blender
  • Rimmed baking sheet

Ingredients

  • 2 lb Eggplants, halved lengthwise
  • 2 large Green or red bell peppers, cored and halved lengthwise
  • 3 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Ripe Roma tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped (or 1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes, drained)
  • 3 tbsp Fresh parsley leaves, chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic, crushed
  • 3 tbsp Red wine vinegar
  • ¾ tsp Salt

Instructions

  • Roast and Peel Vegetables – Broil eggplant and peppers, skin-side up, until blistered and blackened. Transfer to a bowl, cover and steam for 10 minutes. When cool enough to handle, remove skin.
  • Process Vegetables – Puree eggplant, garlic, and peppers in a food processor until smooth. Drizzle in olive oil with engine running.
  • Assemble – Transfer mixture to a bowl and thoroughly mix in remaining ingredients. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve at room temperature with warm pita or another bread for spreading, as a side to grilled meat, or piled on a hamburger.

Notes

  • Leftovers can be refrigerated for 3-4 days.
  • Jarred roasted red peppers make a great substitute.

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