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Roasted Red Pepper Relish {Ajvar}

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WW Freestyle: 1
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time2 hrs 10 mins
Total Time3 hrs 10 mins
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
Servings: 32 servings
Calories: 46


  • 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)


  • Preheat oven to 450.
  • Wash and dry the peppers.
  • Prick bell peppers in several places with fork.
  • Place on baking sheet and roast the peppers for 40 minutes or until skin is blackened, turning occasionally.
  • Transfer peppers to a plastic bag and close the bag. Let stand 10 minutes.
  • Remove peppers from bag; peel off and discard skin.
  • Cut the peppers open and discard the seeds.
  • Cut the peppers in one inch pieces and place them inside a food processor and pulse/puree to a consistency of a chutney.
  • 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.
  • Taste for salt and pepper.
  • While the Ajvar is cooking, prepare your jars:
  • Preheat oven to 170.
  • Wash the jars, then put them in the oven for 30 minutes.
  • 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.
  • When the Ajvar is done, remove from the stove and let cool for a few minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of EVOO on the stove top.
  • Pour the Ajvar into the jars and place them on a baking sheet.
  • Put the jars in the oven for a few minutes, or until a thin crust forms on top of the Ajvar.
  • Once you see the crust, pour the heated EVOO over each jar, just enough to cover.
  • 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.


  • 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.
Keywords: ajvar recipe, relish recipes, roasted peppers