Zacuscă on bread
Type Spread
Place of origin Romania
Main ingredients Eggplants or cooked beans, roasted red peppers (gogoşari cultivar)
Cookbook: Zacuscă  Media: Zacuscă

Zacuscă (Romanian pronunciation: [zaˈkuskə]) is a vegetable spread popular in Romania. Similar spreads are found in other countries throughout, or bordering, the Balkans.


The main ingredients are roasted eggplant, sauteed onions, tomato paste, and roasted red peppers (Romanian pepper called gogoșari).[1][2] Some add mushrooms, carrots, or celery. Bay leaves are added as spice, as well as other ingredients (oil, salt, and pepper). Traditionally, a family will cook a large quantity of it after the fall harvest and preserve it through canning.


Zacuscă can be eaten as a relish or spread, typically on bread. It is said to improve in taste after some months of maturing but must be used within days of opening. Although traditionally prepared at home, it is also commercially available. Some Bulgarian and Middle Eastern brands are available in the United States. In the Orthodox Christian majority countries, it is sometimes ate during fasting seasons due to the absence of meat, eggs or dairy products.


The word zacuscă is of Slavic origin which means simply "appetizer" or "snack"[1] (see zakuska).

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