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Muhammara Sauce Recipe

Muhammara Sauce Ingredients:

Muhammara Sauce Recipe
Muhammara Sauce Recipe
  • 3 tablespoons walnuts
  • 12 chicken drumsticks (3 pounds total)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup drained bottled roasted red peppers (from a 7-ounce jar)
  • 1/3 cup fine fresh bread crumbs (from 1 slice firm white sandwich bread)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced and mashed to a paste with 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pomegranate molasses or 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne

How to make Muhammara Sauce:

  • Put oven rack in lower third of oven and preheat oven to 475°F. While oven is preheating, toast nuts on a baking sheet in oven until golden, 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Pat chicken dry, then put in a large shallow heavy baking pan (1 inch deep) without crowding and rub with salt, pepper, and 2 tablespoons oil. Bake, without turning, until golden brown and cooked through, 30 to 35 minutes.
  • While chicken bakes, blend together bell peppers, bread crumbs, walnuts, garlic paste, pomegranate molasses, cumin, and cayenne in a food processor until as smooth as possible, about 1 minute. With motor running, gradually add remaining 6 tablespoons oil and blend until combined well. Season sauce with salt and drizzle over baked chicken.

Muhammara Dip Recipe

Muhammara Dip Ingredients:

Muhammara Dip Recipe
Muhammara Dip Recipe
  • 3 red bell peppers
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 3/4 cup walnuts, crushed
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon chili powder, or 1 fresh Fresno chile, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin

How to make Muhammara Dip:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and place whole red peppers on greased baking sheet. Roast for about 10-12 minutes, turning approximately every 4 minutes.
  • In the meantime, place breadcrumbs in food processor and add 2 tablespoons of cold water. Blend to make a puree. Add more water as needed.
  • Remove peppers from oven and peel off skin. Cut open and remove seeds. Cut into pieces and add to breadcrumbs mixture in food processor.
  • In a small saute pan, saute onions until lightly browned. Add sauteed onions and olive oil to food processor and blend to a dip consistency.
  • Add remaining ingredients and blend, adding olive oil as needed.
  • Remove from processor and place in serving bowl. Serve with pita wedges, veggies, or use as a dipping sauce for kebabs.