MUHAMMARA (RED PEPPER SPREAD)

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 large red bell peppers
  • 1 1/2 cups walnuts
  • 1 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 3/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice or pomegranate
  • molasses
  • 1 tsp. mild paprika
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds, toasted and ground
  • salt, to taste

STEPS

Roast the peppers in 350 degree oven for 25 minutes, until they are charred. Let cool, peel and remove seeds and stems. In a food processor, add the walnuts and pulse several times until they are coarsely ground. Add the peppers and pulse. Scrape down sides of processor bowl, add all of the remaining ingredients and process into a coarse paste. Season to taste with salt.

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