Roasted Red Pepper and Walnut Dip (Muhammara)2013-01-22
- Prep Time: 25m
- Cook Time: 0m
- Ready In: 25m
- 2 Red Bell Peppers
- 1 1/2 Cups Raw Walnuts (halves and pieces)
- 1/4 Cup Fresh Lemon Juice
- 2 1/2 Tablespoons Pomegranate Molasses
- 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 2 Teaspoons Paprika
- 1 Teaspoon Ground Cumin
- 1 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
- 3 Cloves Garlic, chopped
- Kosher Salt
- Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Roast the red peppers. Place each bell pepper over the open flame of a gas burner or grill, cooking until the skin blackens and blisters. Rotate the peppers and blacken all the way around, about 15 minutes. Alternatively, you can roast the peppers in the oven by placing the bell peppers on a baking sheet and placing under the broiler, turning frequently, until the peppers are blackened and blistered all over. Put the blackened peppers in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and set aside to steam.
Toast the walnuts. Spread the walnuts on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Pop into the oven until light golden brown and aromatic, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
Peel the red peppers using a paring knife. Discard the peels, stem and seeds. Throw the roasted red peppers, walnuts, lemon juice, pomegranate molasses, olive oil, paprika, cumin, red pepper flakes and garlic into a food processor with a teaspoon of salt, and run until the dip is smooth. Taste for seasoning and adjust accordingly. Cool and serve.
Cook's Note: Pomegranate molasses is available at some supermarkets and at Middle Eastern markets.
Recipe courtesy Aarti Sequeira
Aarti Sequeira’s new show, Taste In Translation, a Cooking Channel original series airs Friday nights at at 9:00PM ET / 6:00PM PT. On Taste In Translation, Aarti explores the most popular dishes from around the world as well as the history and cultural significance behind every bite. Each country has its own unique and delicious way to celebrate a holiday, commemorate a special moment, or even satisfy a ravenous craving. From the number one comfort food in America to the most popular first date dinner in Thailand, Aarti not only tastes her way from dish to dish but also discovers how they became iconic from both local cooks and culinary experts.
Image Credit: Gail (thepinkpeppercorn), Flickr