These two recipes are my DH’s favorite memories of Bulgaria so I made them first. His grandma would roast red peppers, add tomato to them and reduce the whole thing all day until it was a thick paste for lyutenitsa. It was truly a labor of love. Mishmash, he warned me, looked a lot like puke but tasted great. While I had tasted mass-produced lyutenitsa before, I didn’t know how mishmash was supposed to be so I was apprehensive about it.
Both recipes call for roasted peppers so this was time-consuming. Mishmash is a main dish with egg and
feta [EDIT see comments] “Bulgarian sirene (white brine cheese)”, so I thought it was more of a breakfast food and kind of strange as a dinner. Both the book and DH confirmed it could be eaten for dinner, but I still see it as a breakfast food. Though you would have to get up reeeeaaally early to roast peppers… Lyutenitsa is a condiment that is often used as a spread. DH eats it on any bready thing such as toast or pancakes. This is a little odd, but I figured it was just one of those quirky Bulgarian things. I’m not so sure anymore ;)
I was skeptical when I saw the finished product, but mishmash turned out to be quite tasty. The lyutenitsa was a bit off and we aren’t exactly sure about it, but I’m sure we can crack it with time.