Muhammara (Roasted Red Bell Pepper Dip)
- 2 red bell peppers
- 4 tbsp Early Harvest Greek extra virgin olive oil, divided
- 1/4 lb shelled toasted walnuts
- 1 garlic clove, roughly chopped
- 2 1/2 tbsp tomato paste
- 3/4 cup bread crumbs
- 2 tbsp pomegranate molasses
- 1 tsp Aleppo pepper
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp sumac
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
Adapted from themediterraneandish.com
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Brush the bell peppers with 1 tbsp of olive oil, and place in a lightly oiled oven-safe pan or cast-iron skillet. Roast the peppers in the 425 degrees F heated oven for 30 minutes or so, turning them over once or twice.
Remove from the oven and place the peppers in a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap for a few minutes. This traps the steam from the roasted peppers, making them easy to peel. When cool enough to handle, simply peel the peppers, remove the seeds and slice the peppers into small strips.
Now in the bowl of a large food processor, combine the roasted red pepper strips with 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, walnuts, and all the remaining ingredients. Blend into a smooth paste.
Transfer to a serving bowl. You may cover the muhammara and refrigerate, but be sure to bring the dip to room temperature before serving.
When ready to serve, top the dip with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, and garnish with a little more walnuts and fresh parsley, if you like. Serve with pita bread or pita chips.
Makes 2 cups.