Sunday, December 23, 2012

Muhammara

muhammara middle eastern dip recipe

Muhammara is a delicious Middle Eastern condiment traditionally made with a base of mildly spicy peppers and walnuts. A nice alternative to hummus, it goes well with pita chips or a platter of crudites or both. I like to make this modified recipe when I entertain {with sweet roasted red peppers and a small amount of crushed red pepper} to satisfy those who cannot tolerate heat.

Muhammara
7-ounce jar roasted red peppers, drained
1/4 c + 1 T bread crumbs
1/3 c walnuts, toasted lightly and chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, or to taste
2 t pomegranate molasses {*}
1 t ground cumin
1/2 t to 1 t dried hot red pepper flakes, to taste
3/4 c olive oil
Place all ingredients in a food processor and process until you have a thick paste.  Slowly drizzle in the oil and process until incorporated.

{Found in Middle Eastern markets, gourmet markets and online}
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Source:  Adapted from Epicurious.

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