Common in areas of eastern Europe such as Macedonia, Pinjur is a sauce that is used as a topping or a cooking ingredient to be added to foods. Typically made from eggplant mixed with garlic, olive oil, and seasonings, Pinjur may also contain roasted peppers, chopped nuts such as walnuts, and fresh herbs. Pinjur is often served as a condiment to be used on various foods that are served for a meal or snack. It provides a mild earthy flavor, somewhat similar to sweet and spicy ketchup or various pasta sauces. Additional uses for this flavored sauce include as a spread for breads and sandwiches, a pasta or rice sauce, and as a cooking sauce for cooked vegetables, poultry, stews, and casseroles.
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