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#1 Post by J a y H a c k »

There used to be a buffet restaurant in the basement of the Citicorp Center that had this red pureed dip that I loved. They refused to tell me what it was called or how to make it. Zip forward a decade and somehow - I do not recall - I discovered that it was Muhammara, a Middle Eastern "dip." Roasted red peppers, toasted walnuts, bread crumbs for depth, olive oil and spices. Put in blender and blend until it is the consistency that you like.

I made it a few days ago. I did not have enough red peppers, so I roasted one red, one yellow and one orange pepper, 3/4 pound of walnuts, fresh toasted cumin and berber peppers, olive oil. WONDERFUL. Be creative and spice it however you want. I was going to add a bit of tomato paste as suggested in some recipes, but I forgot. Next time.
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Agreed, one of my favorite dips. Reem Assil, who runs Reem's, a wonderful Arab restaurant in San Francisco, just came out with a cookbook with a great recipe for it: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/book ... eem-assil/

Lots of other good stuff in there too. The chard-tahini dip has become one of the standouts.
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Zac M wrote: July 28th, 2022, 12:29 pm Agreed, one of my favorite dips. Reem Assil, who runs Reem's, a wonderful Arab restaurant in San Francisco, just came out with a cookbook with a great recipe for it: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/book ... eem-assil/

Lots of other good stuff in there too. The chard-tahini dip has become one of the standouts.
Thanks. Great. I love Arab food and they have the book at the library.
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another good one is ajvar, roasted red peppers and eggplant, a Serbian dish.

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alan weinberg wrote: July 29th, 2022, 7:45 am another good one is ajvar, roasted red peppers and eggplant, a Serbian dish.
Yes. They used to sell that in jars at Morton and Williams in NY City and I used to buy it and eat it for lunch. However, it seems to have disappeared from the shelves. It's not that I am a vegetarian, but you can make some really good stuff with veggies.
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alan weinberg wrote: July 29th, 2022, 7:45 am another good one is ajvar, roasted red peppers and eggplant, a Serbian dish.
There's a dish in the Zahav cookbook based on eggplant and red peppers that is called twice cooked eggplant. Very tasty.
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#7 Post by Lee Short »

Love Muhammara too. If you make it to Seattle, there's a place in Ballard that (used to ??) make a fantastic version -- Cafe Munir.

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#8 Post by Eric LeVine »

In Seattle you can get the Mamnoon version. OMFG so good! Met Market and a few others have it.

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I think that pomegranate molasses is a component as well.
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Corey N. wrote: July 29th, 2022, 3:24 pm
alan weinberg wrote: July 29th, 2022, 7:45 am another good one is ajvar, roasted red peppers and eggplant, a Serbian dish.
There's a dish in the Zahav cookbook based on eggplant and red peppers that is called twice cooked eggplant. Very tasty.

Such a great cookbook.
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#10 Post by G. Greenbaum »

Count me as another fan. Mahummara seems to have regional differences. Sometimes the walnuts are chunkier. Some versions are sweeter. I like it when pomegranate molasses is used. Carousel in Hollywood makes my favorite version.
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https://www.phoeniciabirmingham.com/dinner

It’s on the menu at the restaurant we are going to tonight. I will let you know.

Report—It was excellent. The pomegranate seeds gave it a good texture.

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#12 Post by Scott G r u n e r »

Eric LeVine wrote: July 29th, 2022, 4:51 pm In Seattle you can get the Mamnoon version. OMFG so good! Met Market and a few others have it.

https://www.nadimama.com/finefoods

I think that pomegranate molasses is a component as well.
Thanks for this, Eric. Grabbed one today.

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Jason T wrote: August 2nd, 2022, 2:00 pm
Corey N. wrote: July 29th, 2022, 3:24 pm
alan weinberg wrote: July 29th, 2022, 7:45 am another good one is ajvar, roasted red peppers and eggplant, a Serbian dish.
There's a dish in the Zahav cookbook based on eggplant and red peppers that is called twice cooked eggplant. Very tasty.

Such a great cookbook.
I still haven’t made the signature lamb shoulder, but that’s my next challenge. Unfortunately, the instructions for the smoking step are poor.
I'm with Corey on this - Todd W., Chris J. (x2), Dave McI. (x3), Andrew M., Chris S., Rob P-S. (x2), Larry S., Steve C. (x2), Nick G. (x2), Ed S., Dan Z., Ian D. (x3), Nick G., David B., Rick B., Marcus G. (24)
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Corey N. wrote: August 6th, 2022, 5:42 am
Jason T wrote: August 2nd, 2022, 2:00 pm
Corey N. wrote: July 29th, 2022, 3:24 pm

There's a dish in the Zahav cookbook based on eggplant and red peppers that is called twice cooked eggplant. Very tasty.

Such a great cookbook.
I still haven’t made the signature lamb shoulder, but that’s my next challenge. Unfortunately, the instructions for the smoking step are poor.
I just checked - I’ve got the kindle version of the book and the smoking step isn’t even in there! Really the whole recipe seems just thrown together. Quite disjointed.
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