Some friends of ours had an Oktoberfest gathering at their house over the weekend, and since they had the meat and beer situation covered, I offered to bring one of our favorite dips. This stuff is unlike any other dip we’ve had – it’s nice and garlicky (I always use 4 cloves of garlic), and the richness that the pomegranate molasses adds is really wonderful. The original recipe calls for fresh breadcrumbs and toasted walnuts, but I’ve made it so many times without bothering to do those extra steps, and it’s still wonderful. This stuff is always a hit at parties… unless people aren’t into garlic ;).
Adapted from Gourmet December 1993
7-ounce jar roasted red peppers, drained
2/3 cup bread crumbs
1/3 cup walnuts, chopped fine
2 to 4 garlic cloves, minced and mashed to a paste with 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, or to taste
2 teaspoons pomegranate molasses
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes
3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for garnish
Crumbled feta, for garnish (omit to keep this vegan)
Pita triangles as an accompaniment
In a food processor blend together the peppers, bread crumbs, walnuts, garlic, lemon juice, pomegranate molasses, cumin and red pepper flakes until the mixture is smooth. With the motor running, add the oil gradually until it reaches a consistency that you like (you may use slightly more or less than 3/4 cup). Transfer to a bowl, drizzle with a little more olive oil and sprinkle on some feta. Serve at room temperature with pita triangles for dipping.
Makes about 1 3/4 cups.
Big Flavors Rating: 5 Stars