Red Pepper Dip (Recipe)
Muhammara/Red Pepper Dip
Muhammara is a spicy turkish dip made from red peppers. It is traditionally served as a dip, spread for bread, or as a sauce/marinade for meat. I first tried Muhammara in July while visiting my step-mom and dad. My step-mom is an amazing cook. For someone who has never had culinary training, she would have you fooled. I aspire to be as creative in the kitchen as her.
On the last night of my visit, she made this dip. My boyfriend and I could not stop eating it. It is very delicious and flavorful. With her permission, I am publishing her recipe because it is too good not to share.
- 7 ounce jar of red peppers, drained
- 2/3 cup fine fresh bread crumbs
- 1/3 cup walnuts, finely chopped
- 2-4 cloves garlic, minced and mashed with salt into a paste
- 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 2 tbsp pomegranate molasses
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp dried red pepper flakes
- 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- toasted pita triangles, to serve
How to make pomegranate molasses
A key ingredient in this recipe is pomegranate molasses. You can buy this ingredient (refer to link below), or make it yourself. Below is one recipe for pomegranate molasses. I have provided a YouTube video as well for you to follow along.
4 cups of pomegranate juice
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
Combine the pomegranate juice, sugar, and lemon juice in a pot and cook over medium heat.
Stir the mixture until the sugar has dissolved.
When the contents have reached a boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer for about an hour or until the contents have reached a syrupy consistency.
*Recipe makes 1 cup of pomegranate molasses.
How to make the dip
In a food processor, blend together the red peppers, bread crumbs, walnuts, garlic, lemon juice, pomegranate molasses, cumin, red pepper flakes, and salt to taste.
Once the mixture is smooth. Gradually add the oil while the motor of the food processor is going.
Transfer the muhammara to a bowl and serve at room temperature with the pita triangles.
Piece of advice
I highly recommend making your own pita chips out of pita bread. I cut a bag of pita bread into triangles, sprayed them with cooking oil, put a little salt and pepper on top, and put them into my toaster oven in batches to bake for approximately 4-6 minutes. (Watch them closely or they will burn!) They're cheaper this way, and they taste better too.