Bulgarian Eggplant Pepper Spread (Kiopoolu)

Bulgarian national dish (kiopoolu) made from roasted eggplant , garlic, peppers and spices

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Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 40 mins
Steam: 10 mins
Total: 70 mins
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
112 Calories
6g Fat
15g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 112
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 228mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Protein 3g
Calcium 51mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Kiopoolu is a Bulgarian roasted eggplant-pepper spread used as an appetizer on bread or as an accompaniment to grilled meats. It is similar to Croatian/Serbian ajvar with the addition of tomatoes and green bell peppers instead of red.


  • 1 1/2 pounds eggplant (washed and halved lengthwise)
  • 2 green bell peppers (washed, seeded, and halved)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 firm-ripe Roma tomatoes (washed, seeded, and finely chopped)
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (or coriander, or mint for a Middle Eastern flavor)
  • 2 garlic cloves (crushed)
  • 2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • Optional: lemon juice to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Broil eggplant and peppers, skin-side up, until blackened. Transfer to a heatproof bowl and cover with plastic wrap to steam for 10 minutes.

  2. When cool enough to handle, remove skins.

  3. Puree eggplant and peppers in a food processor until smooth. Slowly pour in the olive oil through the food chute and process until well incorporated.

  4. Transfer mixture to a large bowl and add remaining ingredients, mixing well. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. Serve at room temperature with breads or grilled meats. Refrigerate leftovers.

Glass Bakeware Warning

Do not use glass bakeware when broiling or when a recipe calls to add liquid to a hot pan, as glass may explode. Even if it states oven-safe or heat resistant, tempered glass products can, and do, break occasionally.