Muhammara

A few weeks ago, during a Sunday Funday outing with Jen, we encountered this new-to-us dip called Muhammara. Being the curious people we are, we obviously ordered it and then scarfed it down. Okay, well it was really me who did the scarfing, Jen has far more manners! It was delish! It’s a Mediterranean dish consisting of freshly roasted red bell peppers, toasted walnuts, pomegranate molasses along with a few spices and seasonings.

Typically this dish also calls for aleppo pepper which is a little tough to find – so I opted for a blend of cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes. The result is a dip way more complex than hummus as it calls for freshly roasted red peppers which pack way more flavor than those found in a jar. The spices give it that extra depth and kick. Serve it with some freshly cut veggies or perhaps some pita wedges or even bread!

I’m a dip girl – I love having homemade dips on hand and am always snacking on hummus, guacamole, kopanisti and now this muhammara. You have to go make this – trust me – it will be your new fav dip and/or spread on a sandwich.

Muhammara

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: Serves 4 - 6

Ingredients

  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 3 roasted red bell peppers
  • 3/4 cup fresh bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp pomegranate molasses
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  1. Toast the walnuts in a small skillet over medium high heat for 5 minutes - just until fragrant. Set aside.
  2. Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth
  3. Adjust seasoning if needed
http://whatsgabycooking.com/muhammara/

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21 thoughts on “Muhammara

  1. Yum. This is going on my summer list…..assuming summer EVER arrives!!
    Pomegranate molasses may be a field trip to find, but sounds like it will be well worth the search!

  2. Isn’t it the best? And the pomegranate molasses really makes the difference! I love the idea of serving it with celery – the first time we had it, it was served with pretzel sticks. Thanks for reminding me about this – time to make it again for the summer party season!

  3. Gaby- you always have the best dips!! This one looks delicious! I just made kopanisti (uh, the confused version- and then realized you had a real one here.) I am going to have to refer my readers to your recipe.

  4. This is one of my favorite dips. I make it for a lot of parties and inevitably someone asks what it is – it’s so unusual but very addictive. I’m a dip girl too!

  5. I love this dip too! I just found your site because I was going to post the same dip in Tasty Kitchen. After saw yours, decided not to! This is looking very good!
    For the comments asking where to find the molasses: Check your local Middle Eastern store, of check online some sites like http://www.bestturkishfood.com or http://www.tulumba.com , they have the pomegranate molasses. It makes a whole world of difference in the dishes!

    • Hey Jade! It’s showing up for me! Maybe try refreshing the page and let me know if that doesn’t help and I can email it to you

      • Hi Gaby, Thanks for the response- sorry I sent like three posts, my computer was being slow. I still don’t see the recipe (but it may just be my computer). Muhammara is listed as the title, but the recipe attached has pasta, goat cheese, and basil in it. Could you please email it to me? I love this recipe! Many thanks!

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