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Author Notes: I've been eating pita with hummus and labne several times a week for years; when I discovered muhammara, that lunch got infinitely better. Muhammara is a zippy red pepper and walnut spread with a touch of sweetness from pomegranate molasses. I adapted this recipe from one in Bon Appetit, swapping out panko for homemade breadcrumbs, upping the tang with sumac, and adding aleppo pepper for some authentic Syrian spice.Rivka

Serves 6 as an appetizer

  • 1 12-oz. can roasted red peppers
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 teaspoons pomegranate molasses
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon aleppo pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon or more salt (to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon sumac
  1. In a dry saute pan, toast cumin seeds over medium heat until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Immediately transfer cumin to a bowl to prevent burning.
  2. Add all ingredients to food processor or blender and blend until mixture forms a smooth paste. If mixture won't puree, add water or olive oil by the tablespoon until the mixture becomes smooth. Transfer to serving bowl, sprinkle sumac on top, and serve with warm pita or pita chips.

Tags: Easy, Healthy, savory, serves a crowd

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almost 2 years ago darksideofthespoon

I tried muhammara for the first time at a potluck this last week. It was amazing! This recipe looks very promising!!


about 4 years ago Droplet

This is the best variation on this recipe I've seen thus far.


over 4 years ago flavoristabarr

I love muhammara! If you don't have brea crumbs, Akmak crackers or even Triscuits work well too.


over 4 years ago Rivka

I don't know what Akmak crackers are....will have to look into that!


over 4 years ago lastnightsdinner

I love Muhammara, and I'll have to make this soon.


over 5 years ago Rivka

Sure: either add some lemon juice and a pinch of sugar, or add some reduced cranberry juice.


over 5 years ago KLL5

This looks great, but can I substitute pomegranate molasses for something else easier to find?


over 4 years ago Mandragoras

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