The first time I tried Muhammara was at Momed, a modern Mediterranean restaurant in Beverly Hills. I had never head of it before, but the waitress kindly let us sample some before we placed our order. Upon our first bites, Travis and I looked at each other with huge grins on our faces. We both LOVED it. I immediately knew that I had to try and recreate it at home.
Muhammara, which is quite common in Syrian and Turkish cuisine, is a delicious roasted red pepper dip served with warm pita. This dip has incredible texture thanks to blended walnuts and breadcrumbs. It is thick, vibrant in color, and so perfectly spiced from cumin and red pepper flakes.
My only issue with Muhammara is that it causes me to lose all self-control. MUST.EAT.ALL.THE.DIP.
Especially when there is warm, doughy pita bread involved…
Besides toasting the walnuts, there is no cooking time involved, so this dip comes together in under 20 minutes.
Feel free to use this dip just as you would use hummus: on a sandwich, with crudité, you name it!
Travis already insisted that this recipe become a staple in our house. I guarantee you’ll love this just as much as we do.
Muhammara is a healthy Mediterranean snack dip made of roasted red peppers, toasted walnuts, and pomegranate molasses. Serve it with warmed pita, whole grain crackers, or vegetable crudité for a healthy appetizer.
- 7 oz Jarred Roasted Red Peppers, rinsed (Alternatively, you can roast 2 large Bell Peppers in your oven)
- 1/2 cup Whole Wheat Breadcrumbs
- 1/2 cup Walnuts, toasted in a small pan on medium-high heat for 5-6 minutes
- 4 Garlic Cloves, mashed
- 1 tablespoon Fresh Lemon Juice
- 1 tablespoon Pomegranate Molasses*
- 1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon Dried Red Pepper Flakes (or to taste)
- 2-3 tablespoons Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
Combine all ingredients except the olive oil in the bowl of a large food processor. Process for 20 seconds. Scrape down the sides. Process again on low, slowly adding the olive oil 1 Tablespoon at a time. Stop after each Tablespoon to check the consistency of the Muhammara. It should be thick and not completely smooth.
Pour the contents into a bowl and either serve immediately or store in the fridge until ready to eat. I think it tastes best after it sits for a few hours.
*You can find Pomegranate Molasses at a health food store, such as Whole Foods, or easily make your own following this recipe.
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