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Roasted Red Pepper Relish {Ajvar}

Recipe for homemade sweet and roasted red pepper relish. A jam-like condiment that tastes delicious on everything, from bread to meats!

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Macedonia
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings 32 servings
Calories 46 kcal


  • 8 red bell peppers
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 teaspoons of salt
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)


  1. Preheat oven to 450.
  2. Wash and dry the peppers.
  3. Prick bell peppers in several places with fork.
  4. Place on baking sheet and roast the peppers for 40 minutes or until skin is blackened, turning occasionally.
  5. Transfer peppers to a plastic bag and close the bag. Let stand 10 minutes.
  6. Remove peppers from bag; peel off and discard skin.
  7. Cut the peppers open and discard the seeds.
  8. Cut the peppers in one inch pieces and place them inside a food processor and pulse/puree to a consistency of a chutney.
  9. Put the pepper puree in a pot, add in salt, black pepper, and olive oil, and cook over medium heat for 2 hours, stirring frequently.
  10. Taste for salt and pepper.
  11. While the Ajvar is cooking, prepare your jars:
  12. Preheat oven to 170.

  13. Wash the jars, then put them in the oven for 30 minutes.
  14. Sterilize the lids by placing them in a bowl and pouring boiling water over them. Wipe the rims of the jars clean before applying the lids.
  15. When the Ajvar is done, remove from the stove and let cool for a few minutes.
  16. Preheat oven to 350.
  17. Heat 2 tablespoons of EVOO on the stove top.
  18. Pour the Ajvar into the jars and place them on a baking sheet.
  19. Put the jars in the oven for a few minutes, or until a thin crust forms on top of the Ajvar.
  20. Once you see the crust, pour the heated EVOO over each jar, just enough to cover.
  21. Remove from the oven and seal. Or do what I did – dig in with warm, homemade crusty bread and a side of feta cheese. YUM! Our Ajvar never made it to the Zimnica pile – we always ate it/eat it way before the first snow even appears.

Recipe Notes

  • Ajvar is also a great accompaniment to grilled meats, especially lamb, chicken, and sausages.
  • Store in a dry and dark place. Refrigerate after opening.

WW Freestyle SmartPoints: 1

Nutrition Facts
Roasted Red Pepper Relish {Ajvar}
Amount Per Serving (2 tablespoons)
Calories 46 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 62mg2%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 0g0%
Vitamin A 930IU19%
Vitamin C 38mg46%
Calcium 2mg0%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.