© Peggy Wong
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Serves : 6

Chef Suzanne Goin calls this "a vegetable antipasto through a Southern California lens." It features roasted vegetables, burrata (cream-filled mozzarella) and the Middle Eastern walnut dip muhammara. Plus: More Appetizer Recipes

How to Make It

Step 1    Make the Chickpea Puree

In a food processor, pulse the chickpeas, tahini, garlic, cayenne and cumin until finely chopped. With the machine on, drizzle in the oil and puree until smooth. Transfer to a bowl; season with salt and pepper. Wipe out the processor.

Step 2    Make the Muhammara

Preheat the oven to 375°. Toast the walnuts in a pie plate for 5 to 7 minutes, until lightly golden and fragrant. Let cool completely, then transfer the walnuts to the food processor.

Step 3    Make the Muhammara

Meanwhile, in a small skillet, toast the ground cumin over moderately low heat, stirring, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Scrape the cumin into the processor. Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in the skillet. Add the bread and cook until golden and crisp on both sides, 3 to 4 minutes. Tear the bread into small pieces and add it to the processor. Add the piquillos, pomegranate molasses, lemon juice, 1/4 teaspoon of salt and the cayenne pepper. With the machine on, drizzle in the remaining 1/4 cup of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of water and puree until smooth. Season with salt and black pepper. Transfer to a bowl.

Step 4    Make the Muhammara

Serve the chickpea puree and the muhammara along with burrata, grilled bread and roasted vegetables.

Make Ahead

The chickpea puree and muhammara can be covered and refrigerated for up to 2 days. Let both return to room temperature before serving.

Suggested Pairing

The rich and hearty muhammara is super-versatile with wine. For a red pairing, try a fruity blend from the south of France. For a white, try a minerally, vegetable-friendly Chablis.

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