Inspired by the Syrian red pepper and walnut dip called muhammara, this version uses another popular Middle Eastern ingredient, beets. While most dips like this use roasted beets, this one leaves them raw. After a few minutes of chopping, all the ingredients go into the food processor, so you can have this appetizer on the table quickly.
Toast a handful of walnuts in a hot oven for about 10 minutes, just until they get fragrant. Use a microplane to zest a lemon or, if you don’t have, carefully slice off just the yellow part of the peel, then chop it finely.
Scrub the beets well, leave them unpeeled, and cut into chunks about ½ inch thick. Cut the long parsley, stems and all, into shorter pieces so it processes easier.
If you don’t have a stash of breadcrumbs, dry several slices of good bread on a sheet pan in the oven, then cube and blitz in the processor. Or use packaged crumbs or panko. The breadcrumbs soak up the juices from the raw beets and keep the dip from looking watery.
Process the walnuts and garlic first for a less chunky texture. Then add the chopped beets, parsley, and the rest of the ingredients and process until smooth.
Eat this with grilled meats, vegetable fritters, or an herby frittata. Or scoop it up with pita, crackers, or even tortilla chips.
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