Ljutenica (sometimes you may come across the name lutenica, etc.) is in Bulgarian cuisine a popular dip served with meat. Lutenica can be found all over the Balkans, but its origin is Bulgarian. The consistency of ljutenica is somewhere between a dip, sauce, or vegetable chutney. The basic ingredients are tomatoes, peppers, garlic, pepper, oil, salt, and sugar, which gives ljutenica a pleasantly sweet taste. There are several variations of ljutenica, and it can also include eggplant, carrot, parsley, or chili peppers.
In restaurants, you will automatically receive it in a small bowl along with the meat, which it complements perfectly. However, it can also be eaten with bread as a spread.