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MUHAMMARA DIP

A middle Eastern dip. Muhammara literally means red or brick colored in Arabic. Thus, all of the ingredients are reddish in color. Originally muhammarah was a condiment used for dipping of "Kibbeh", a raw lamb spread eaten in the middle East. It now has morphed into a general purpose dip that is at home for the Super Bowl as it was for a Bedouin tent..



Roasted red peppers and pomegranate are the ingredients that give the dip the beautiful brick red color. Walnuts, pinion nuts and almonds, as well as dried bread crumbs give the dip it's texture. Garlic, cumin, lemon, and olive oil give the dip it's flavor and cayenne gives it the heat.


RECIPE PRINTED FROM: THEGUTSYGOURMET.NET©
INGREDIENTS: Makes 2 – 2˝ cups
✹   2 – 3  red bell peppers
✹   ˝  cup almonds, toasted (traditionally walnuts, use whichever you like)
✹   ˝ cup bread crumbs, toasted
✹   2  teaspoon(s) cumin
✹   1  clove garlic, more if you love it
✹   ˝  tsp cayenne, more or less to your taste
✹   ˝  tsp salt
✹   1  tablespoon(s) pomegranate molasses****SEE COOK'S NOTES**
✹   1  tablespoon(s) lemon juice
✹   2 – 3  tablespoon(s) extra-virgin olive oil
✹   Pomegranate kernels for garnish

DIRECTIONS: 

1.  Fire roast the Red Bell Peppers.

2.  Roast your choice of nuts in the oven or a skillet.  Grind or chop the nuts so they are ˝ the size of a pea.

3.  Add your bread crumbs,  should be about the same size or finer than the nuts.

4.  Crush your garlic.  You can use ROASTED GARLIC. if you want to subdue the garlic flavor.

5.  Add your Cayenne and Sea or Kosher salt to taste.

6.  Add your pomegranate molasses and lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil.

7.  With a spatula or spoon,  blend the dip thoroughly,  garnish and serve. 

**COOK'S NOTES** 
1.  Pomegranate molasses can be found in Middle Eastern markets or possibly in high-end
supermarkets.  If you find pomegranate concentrate (not frozen in the juice aisle) you could
use that.  You could make your own out of POM juice, sugar,  and lemon juice (cook and reduce
to a syrup – comment below for a recipe).  You can also substitute with a teaspoon of regular
molasses, a little extra lemon juice,  and a teaspoon of honey.  If you find the real stuff there
are plenty of uses for it:  drinks, dressings, marinades, baked goods.

2.  For an authentic Middle Eastern touch,  use pita crisps for dipping.

NOTE: ALTHOUGH NOT THE EXACT RECIPE PRESENTED,  THE VIDEO BELOW MIGHT BE OF HELP TO YOU.

UTUBE - HOW TO MAKE MUHAMMARA DIP




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