Walnut Spread with Red Pepper (Biberli Ceviz)

Besides the taste and the simplicity, the versatility of this dish encourages me to make it more often. As it is traditionally served as a spread on flat bread, it can also be served as a spread for sandwiches, wraps and crackers. It is a quick way of getting a healthy, filling and tasty dish. I actually had it with baked flounder and potatoes the next day which turned out really great. Biberli ceviz is made in the city of Antakya, Turkey (the region I am from) very frequently however we did not consume it much in our household. Only recently did I start making it mainly because I was in search of quick, delicious Turkish meals. This one is a keeper!

2 cups shelled walnuts

3 tbsp red pepper paste

1 tbsp tomato paste

1 tsp red pepper flakes

1 tsp cumin

2 cloves garlic

3 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp pomegranate molasses

1 slice of wheat bread cut in small pieces (or white bread)

Dash of salt (adjust to your taste)

Place all the ingredients in a food processor and grind until a paste is attained. Serve on top of bread or crackers as an appetizer, side dish, a snack or as a spread for a sandwich.


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