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Walnut and Red Pepper Paste Dip, Muhammara or Cevizli Biber



This is one of my favorite mezes of all time; it is very easy to make and very, very more-ish, you just can’t stop eating them. It is one of my mother’s recipes from her historic hometown Antakya (Antioch) and whenever I make it, I feel like I am home.

Tahini bread or pita bread would go really well with this delicious dip/spread. You can keep the dip covered in the fridge for 3-4 days. Middle Eastern stores or specialty stores usually carry the red pepper paste. If you can’t find it, there is a recipe for red pepper paste, biber salcasi.

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Serves 4-6

3-4 slices of white or wholemeal stale bread (about 70 gr)
1/3 yellow onion (or little less), chopped
45ml/3 tablespoons Turkish red pepper paste (or 1 1/2 tablespoon Amore chili paste)

1/2 tablespoon concentrated tomato paste
225gr/8oz English walnuts, shelled
10ml / 2 teaspoon ground cumin
Pinch of Salt
60ml/4tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
15ml/1 tablespoon water

To serve:
15ml/1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1-2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Pita bread, tahini bread or crackers

Ground the walnuts with the onion, cumin, salt and red pepper paste and tomato paste in the food processor. Soak the bread into water and squeeze the excess water. Crumble the bread and add to the mixture in the food processor. Add the olive oil and water and blend to make a smooth spread. If it appears to be too thick, add a little more olive oil.

Place the spread on a small salad plate or bowl. Pour the extra virgin olive oil all over and sprinkle with red pepper flakes. Serve the spread with pita bread, tahini bread or wide crackers.

Afiyet Olsun,

Ozlem

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8 Responses to Walnut and Red Pepper Paste Dip, Muhammara or Cevizli Biber

  1. Medifast Coupons February 20, 2011 at 10:05 am #

    Well you sure have made this recipe proud, it looks wonderful, beautiful color.

  2. Ozlem's Turkish Table February 22, 2011 at 12:54 pm #

    Thank you very much for the comment, it is a wonderful dip and I am delighted to pass it on:) Afiyet Olsun! Ozlem

  3. Ozlem July 22, 2012 at 3:56 pm #

    thank you so much for the link Peri 🙂

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