Muhammara: Mediterranean Roasted Red Pepper and Walnut Dip

Muhammara: a creamy, nutty, tangy, roasted red pepper dip

 

Remember when hummus was an exotic delicacy? Now it’s as familiar in American groceries as peanut butter and jelly, and I daresay it turns up as regularly in American households. I’m definitely a hummus lover myself, and take great pleasure in experimenting with different homemade varieties. Lately, though, I’ve been looking for alternatives to hummus, and was thrilled to discover muhammara.

Muhammara is a Mediterranean dip based on roasted red peppers – always one of my favorite things, so it pretty much had me at hello, there. But it’s also got lovely nuttiness from walnuts, citrus from lemons, and some deep sweetness from pomegranate molasses (available at places like Whole Foods or at international markets), rounded out by olive oil and garlic. It also usually contains bread crumbs, so I tried substituting some almond meal from Trader Joe’s (any almond flour would work) and that did the trick, making it gluten-free, low-carb and paleo-friendly as well. 

Pretty much all you need!

If you’re looking for a new spin on healthy and delicious dips, I’m pretty sure you’re going to be thrilled with this one.

 MUHAMMARA

1/2 cup walnuts
12 ounce jar roasted red peppers, drained
1/3 cup almond meal
4 garlic cloves, minced
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender, and blitz into desired consistency. It’s especially good if you let the flavors develop for a little whole before serving, but it can either be chilled or served immediately. Serve with crudite, crackers, pita or chips.

— posted by Anne

Comments

  1. says

    Good Morning! Just letting you know that I featured this recipe (and another one from your site) in a round-up of 50+ Low-Carb and Gluten-Free Superbowl Appetizer Recipes. Hope a lot of people will click over from my site and check it out!

  2. Evin Yıldırım says

    Hello there :) Seems like you have a thing for the traditional food we have over here :) While you have a similar taste preference like mine I just wanted you tell you to check circassian chicken. It is a well-known dish in Turkey and an amazing taste. Hope you will have the chance to try it :) Best wishes from Turkey…

  3. Claudette says

    Hi Anne and Donna! This sounds sooooooooo good. I live in the UK and I’m not so sure if i will find pomegranate molasses. I was just wondering if you knew what I could use as a substitution in case I don’t find the right sort of molasses. Anyway, thanks for the recipes. I love all of them. Claudette

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