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Charcoal-Grilled Sweet Red Pepper & Eggplant Paste
“rizes” (meaning “roots”) has sprung out of deep love for tasty Greek food products made with the best raw materials. The choice of the name has not been an arbitrary one. It vests this undertaking with a double symbolism but points to a single direction, that of return. Return to the roots of the Greek land, to our agricultural wealth, to our Greek agricultural products of exceptional quality & exquisite taste. Return to the roots of Greek cuisine, which is a pillar of the Mediterranean diet.
Here they create great density pastes & sauces with sweet red (Florina) pepper as their main ingredient. They are prepared during September & October when the peppers are ripe in Western Macedonia. The peppers are charcoal-grilled, peeled, seeded by hand & after they are ground, they simmer for hours in pots together with the rest of the ingredients. Extra virgin olive oil is used in all their recipes whose common characteristic is the unique smoked flavour of charcoal-grilled pepper. The high degree of ingredient density, between 70% & 80%, makes the spreads special & brings out their taste & fragrance. Their ingredients & their preparation are based on traditional & family recipes from Florina & Pella.
In this recipe, charcoal-grilled sweet red (Florina) peppers & eggplants simmer in extra virgin olive oil & wine vinegar. The result is a paste with a rich taste of smoked pepper & eggplant & a hint of fresh & pleasant acidity. Serve as a dip, appetizer, bread spread, meat or main course side dish.
Let’s taste our delicious “roots” (rizes)…