Roasted Red Pepper Walnut Spread (Muhammara)

May 6, 2020
Hummus is one of the most commonly known Mediterranean spreads and I feel like its popularity takes away from all of the other dips they have to offer. One of my favorites, muhammara, is a roasted pepper walnut dip. Like hummus, it is naturally vegan and packed with vitamins, protein, and omegas. It elevates toast and sandwiches to the next level or you can enjoy it as a topping on some pita chips. There are a few specialty ingredients that are typically used in this recipe, to which I do not currently have access. These include pomegranate molasses, Aleppo pepper, and bread crumbs. The pomegranate molasses adds a sweet, tart flavor and is easily replaced by reducing some balsamic vinegar with honey. The Aleppo pepper can be substituted with ancho pepper, a more commonly found spice with a similar flavor and heat level. For the bread crumbs, I just toasted a couple slices of rye bread and added them to my blender. By using these alternate ingredients, I was able to successfully recreate this popular spread with the ingredients I had on hand.
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Roasted Red Pepper Walnut Spread (Muhammara)

Recipe Type: Appetizers
utensils YIELDS about 1 cup
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  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 3/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp ancho pepper
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • salt & pepper to taste
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Directions

1. Preheat oven to 425°F.

2. Coat the peppers in 1 tbsp olive oil. Place on a baking sheet and into the oven for 30 minutes, until the skin is black and blistered.

3. While the peppers are roasting, make your balsamic reduction. Add the balsamic and honey to a small pot over low heat and stir until honey melts and it slightly thickens. Remove from heat and set aside.

4. Remove peppers from the oven and peel the skin off.

5. Place the peppers in a blender with the balsamic reduction and all of the remaining ingredients and blend well.

6. Pour into a bowl and top with a little olive oil and parsley.

Also by Lauren: Balsamic Caramelized Onion Hummus

Carrot Pomegranate Slaw with Sweet Garlic Dressing

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Lauren is a homebody who likes to spend time with her cat, explore new ideas in the kitchen, relax in the sun with a good book, and promote healthy living to friends and family.

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