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

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


  • Ingredients 1
  • Usage 2
  • Etymology 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


The main ingredients are roasted eggplant, sauteed onions, tomato paste, and roasted red peppers (Romanian pepper called gogoşari),.[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 brand-names are available in the United States.


The word zacuscă is of Slavic origin which means simply "breakfast" or "appetizer" or "snack"[1] (compare Russian: закуска, zakuska).

See also


  1. ^ a b Zacusca on DEX Online Dictionary
  2. ^ Basic zacusca recipe.

External links

  • (Romanian)how to make zacusca with photos
  • Making zacusca step by step, with photographs
  • Zacusca (recipe)
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