Roasted Red Pepper and Walnut Dip (Muhammara) + Mary’s Gone Crackers Giveaway

I’m a huge fan of dips, and the ones I like best are interesting, yet still healthy- dips you can dig into without guilt to take the edge off your appetite. This roasted red pepper and walnut dip (aka Muhammara) is a new favorite of mine: I made it for the first time last week, and I’m going to be serving it as an appetizer on New Year’s Eve, as well.

muhammara

Muhammara hails from the Middle East…Syria to be exact. It’s got an intriguing name, and it’s flavor is intriguing, as well.

To make it, you start by roasting three red bell peppers – I do this over the gas burners of my stove- or, feel free to use an 8 ounce jar of roasted peppers.

roasted red pappers

Once you’ve rinsed, peeled, cored, and seeded the peppers, all you have to do is blend them up with a few more ingredients: toasted walnuts, fresh garlic, and pomegranate molasses among them. Muhammara usually includes bread crumbs, as well, but in the interest of keeping this dip gluten-free, I left them out. If you want to use about 2/3 cup (regular or homemade gluten-free) breadcrumbs, go right ahead: just be aware that the color of the dip will not be as vibrant if you do, and you’ll probably have to add more oil or water (about 1/4 cup) to thin out your Muhammara while blending.

If you don’t have pomegranate molasses, you can substitute maple syrup or honey, but I’d add a bit more lemon juice to compensate for the subtle tartness that the pomegranate molasses provides. Muhammara is often made and garnished with fresh mint leaves, but I’ve used cilantro here: use whichever you like, or leave them out.

roasted red pepper dip

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You can spread this dip onto baguette or warm pita slices. Or, for a low cal/carb, gluten-free option, spoon it onto California endive leaves*, or use vegetables, such as raw carrots and/or celery, as “dippers”. Another great option is to serve it with your favorite gluten-free crackers, which brings me to the giveaway!

Marys Gone Crackers makes gluten-free, vegan snacks from unrefined ingredients, and they sent me a big box of their goodies a few weeks ago. I’ve had their crackers before and love them, but was excited to try the cookies and Sticks and Twigs (crunchy pretzel-like snacks). I haven’t made my way through everything yet, but I’ve enjoyed all that I’ve sampled so far. I think my favorite of the crackers is the Black Pepper flavor (pictured above), and the sea salt Stick and Twigs and the chocolate chip cookies (which remind me of Chips Ahoy) are really tasty, too.

Mary’s Gone Crackers would like to send one of my readers a box comparable to the one they sent me. I received 5 kinds of crackers, 4 kinds of cookies, and 3 kinds of Sticks and Twigs. One of you will receive a similar box…here’s how to enter the giveaway:

1. Leave a comment below (one entry).

2. For a second entry, follow me and Mary’s Gone Crackers on twitter and leave me a comment letting me know you did (or already do).

3. For a third entry, become a fan of Healthy Green kitchen and Mary’s Gone Crackers on facebook, then leave me a comment letting me know that you did (again, if you are already a “liker”, just leave a comment telling me so).

This giveaway is only open to US residents and I must have your email in order to notify you if you win. The giveaway closes next Tuesday (1/3/11) at midnight. I’ll select the winner using random.org… good luck!

More Dip/Appetizer Ideas:
Healthier Hot Artichoke and Garlic Dip
Guacamole
Mezze

*I am being compensated for my efforts to promote California endive; all opinions are 100% mine.

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81 thoughts on “Roasted Red Pepper and Walnut Dip (Muhammara) + Mary’s Gone Crackers Giveaway”

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  3. one of these days, win, i’ll get picked for your giveaway! this looks beyond yummy (as usual)…any chance of substituting something for the walnuts? recently discovered i’m allergic!

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  4. Hi Win!
    I love Mary’s Gone Crackers and they are ALWAYS in my pantry. I’m already a fan of the blog, and I’m pretty sure Mary’s Gone Cracker’s on FB, but I’ll go check to be sure.
    xoxo

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  5. Sounds delicious. And thanks for including the “options” for some of the ingredients. It’s nice to know what substitutes will work. Looking forward to making this dip!

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  6. Looks delicious. I’ve been meaning to try muhammara for a couple of years – next time I see nice looking peppers, I vow to do it – sounds and looks great! I already follow you on twitter and Facebook and have just started following/liking Mary’s gone crackers on both, as well.

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  7. I would love to sample more of Mary’s Gone Crackers. I didn’t even know she made cookies… swoon! Glad to find your blog as well. That dip sounds amazing!! I’ve just found Mary’s on fb, now off to find you! Thanks!

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  8. I was first given these crackers by a friend with the ‘y’ scratched out replaced with an ‘i’ (I am gluten intolerant and a therapist). I have since bought them many times and, while I will many times still, can’t help but love the thought of being gifted with them again.

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  9. Just found your blog and I love it! Happy New Year! xoox This post is fabulous and I love Mary’s Gone Crackers; she is a fabulous lady and her products are delish!

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  10. Oh, I love the look of this dip! I’m ready for some healthy snacking ideas because I’m sooo cookie’d out from the holidays.

    PS… Is there anything about pomegranate molasses that makes it different than reduced pom. juice? Just wondering because I reduced a bunch of it a few weeks ago, and it’s hanging out in the fridge. Thinking this is a good way to use it. :)

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  11. First time on your beautiful site and I opened up the photo of this dip. From a lazy boy across the room, my husband just belted out, “OOoo, that looks good!”. Nuf said.

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  12. I, too, am a dip lover. I’ve recently gone vegan and this looks like a dip that I could enjoy as well as my non-veg friends:) Perfect for my next wine and whine party! And Mary’s Gone Crackers are so yummy!

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  13. I should own stock in these, inever let myself run out of them. they are my go to cracker, the one and only, no kidding!

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  14. Love how deep and rich this healthy dip looks. I’ve never made Muhammara although it’s been on my list of dips to try. So glad to see that it works just as well without the breadcrumbs as one of my sons is gluten-free. Happy New Year to you and your family!

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  15. The dip looks fantastic! I’m sure it would go great with some Mary’s Gone Crackers. I’d love to try their chocolate chip cookies. I used to love Chips Ahoy.

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  16. I can’t believe I’ve never tried to make muhammara. It’s high time to try. Lovely photos as usual, Winnie. Have a happy new year!

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  17. Love the idea of the recipe but really hard to guess the taste combo Like a pesto with roasted peppers…yum! And I had my eye on those crackers from your photo…they sound wonderful!!

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  18. I love roasted peppers, and with all these ingredients the dip must be absolutely fantastic! Unfortunately, I do not qualify for the giveaway, because I live in Canada, but I can make the dip :-). Thanks for sharing and Happy 2012, Winnie!

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  19. I am already following Mary’s Gone Crackers on Twitter and now you too (southnpurpleveg) is my username on twitter

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