Muhammara (Middle Eastern dip with roasted red peppers and walnuts)
What is muhammara? It’s a dip with a hummus-like texture that originated in Syria and is made primarily from blended roasted red peppers and toasted walnuts. But really, it’s much more than just your standard pita chip topping. Muhammara is a divine mixture of flavors which combines the perfect amount of smoky, sweet, spicy, and tart. The key secret ingredients include sweet pomegranate molasses and smoky smoked paprika.
The first time I tasted this we were sitting poolside at a beach resort trying to figure out what might be a good mid-afternoon snack. I spotted muhammara on the menu and decided to be adventurous by ordering something I had never even heard of. Needless to say, it was love at first bite.
My immediate mission was going to be trying recreate this delicacy as soon as we returned home. Through trial and error, I finally came up with what I think is a near-perfect recipe. Many recipes used jarred rather than fresh roasted red peppers, but believe me, it’s worth roasting your own to get the the truly fresh, smoky sweet flavor from the pepper. Some recipes also used way too much pomegranate molasses which made the dish far too sweet and left the flavors unbalanced. I learned that less is more when it comes to the molasses! Depending on your taste preferences, you can adjust the amount of molasses, smoked paprika, lemon, and garlic…that’s part of the fun!
So get ready to wow your friends with this easy-to-prepare yet complex tasting delicacy!