Dining In 1 minute 06 September 2022

Recipe: Sami & Susu's Muhammara

Muhammara is a zingy walnut and red pepper dip that originated in Syria and is eaten across the Levant. This version is from NYC new addition Sami & Susu, on Manhattan's Lower East Side.

Middle Eastern New York City Manhattan Recipe Ed's Pick

As further proof that big things often come in small packages, watch Sami & Susu's narrow nook make a regular out of you in no time. On busy Orchard Street, this neighborhood gem hides in plain sight, anchored by a kitchen that doesn’t even have a proper gas stove. Seasonal, bright and unfussy, the menu is small but endlessly tempting as it roams the Middle East for inspiration. A punky soundtrack, a natural wine list and staff that will never judge you for over-ordering — what’s not to love? Here's how to make their delicious muhammara at home.

Makes 48oz of muhammara

Ingredients

  • 600 grams roasted red pepper
  • 400 grams toasted walnuts
  • 150 grams extra virgin olive oil
  • 70 grams date molasses
  • 5 grams Aleppo pepper
  • 70 grams pita
  • 35 grams roasted garlic purée
  • Salt to taste

Prepping the ingredients

  • Burn red pepper on the grill until fully charred, place in a bowl covered in plastic wrap, after 10 minutes remove charred skin and clean from seeds, pulse in a food processor until chunky, place the chopped peppers in a colander and squeeze all liquids.
  • Toast walnuts until fragrant, cool down until they are room temperature.
  • Soak pitas in warm water, drain and squeeze out all water.
  • Place whole garlic cloves in a sauce pan and cover in canola oil, cook on medium heat until golden brown , drain, blend in a food processor until smooth (add canola oil as needed).

Method

  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor except of olive oil
  • Run food processor and slowly stream in olive oil
  • After the puree is smooth and a bit chunky, add salt to taste
  • Garnish with crushed toasted walnuts, sprinkle of Aleppo pepper, and a drizzle of olive oil.


Sami & Susu © Briana Balducci/Sami & Susu
Sami & Susu © Briana Balducci/Sami & Susu

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