Muhammara, Middle Eastern Red Pepper and Walnut Dip Recipe

This appetizer recipe is easy to make for serving to family and friends.

A punchy dip originated in Syria.  It’s now enjoyed throughout the Middle East. The key ingredients are roasted red peppers and walnuts.  All together it becomes a thick, nutty, zingy, spicy, sour, and sweet dip.  The flavors “wowed” me.  I hope it does you too.

The simplest way to serve this muhammara is on its own as a dip. Scoop it up with warm pita bread, pita chips, crackers, or fresh veggies like cucumbers, carrots, or radishes. It’s also a wonderful addition to a mezze platter. Pair it with another tasty spread or two, fresh veggies and pita, and flavorful nibbles like olives, cheese, or roasted nuts. Set out the platter for guests to graze on at a gathering, or enjoy it as a casual, no-cook summer dinner.

You’ll also need two special ingredients: pomegranate molasses and Aleppo pepper flakes.

Pomegranate molasses is very concentrated pomegranate juice. It has a syrupy consistency and a bold tart/sweet flavor. I highly recommend seeking it out for this muhammara recipe, as it gives the dip the perfect balance of sweetness and tang. Look for it in a well-stocked grocery store, a Middle Eastern market, or online. If you can’t find it, you can sweeten the dip with maple syrup and add extra lemon juice. Find measurements in the recipe below.

Aleppo pepper flakes are named after the Syrian city of Aleppo. They have a bold red color, a medium heat level, and a sweet/salty finish. If you can’t find them, swap in half the amount of regular red pepper flakes.

Muhammara Recipe Ingredients Information

To make this muhammara recipe, you’ll need these basic ingredients:

  • Roasted red peppers – Use jarred ones, or roast your own.
  • Bread crumbs – They thicken the dip.
  • Walnuts – They make it rich and nutty.
  • Extra-virgin olive oil – It adds more richness and helps the ingredients blend together.
  • Garlic – For savory bite.
  • Fresh lemon juice – It adds brightness.
  • Ground cumin – For earthy, aromatic flavor.
Ingredients:
  • 3 roasted red bell peppers
  • ½ cup bread crumbsfresh or store-bought
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  •  tablespoons pomegranate molasses*
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Aleppo pepper or ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Fresh mintfor garnish
  • Pita breadfor serving

*If you don’t have pomegranate molasses, replace it with 2 teaspoons maple syrup and add an additional 2 teaspoons lemon juice.

mezze platter

Instructions
  • In a food processor, place the red peppers, breadcrumbs, walnuts, olive oil, pomegranate molasses, garlic, lemon juice, Aleppo pepper, cumin, and several grinds of pepper. Pulse until creamy and season to taste.

  • Garnish with fresh mint. Serve with pita bread or follow one of the serving suggestions.

This recipe is from Jeanine and Jack.  Their website is:  loveandlemons.com.  She is a vegetarian and he is a meat-loving husband.  She has published a couple of cookbooks that you might enjoy.  Go to her website to consider them.

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