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Muhammara - Red Pepper Appetizer

posted on: Dec 8, 2014

Muhammara - Red Pepper Appetizer

This tasty well-known Aleppo dish, usually served as an appetizer, adds colour to a mazza table.

  • 1 1/2 cups ground walnuts
  • 4 large sweet red peppers
  • 1 tablespoon pomegranate syrup, dissolved in a little water
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Place walnuts in a mixing bowl and set aside.

Place peppers in an oven, then broil for about an hour, turning them over a number of times until they blister on all sides. Remove from oven and allow to cool, then skin and remove seeds. Chop very finely or process in a food processor for a minute, then combine with walnuts and remaining ingredients, except pine nuts and olive oil. Spread on a platter, then chill for about 2 hours. Just before serving, decorate with pine nuts and sprinkle with olive oil, then serve with crackers or pita bread.