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Turkish Tomato and Red Pepper Dip

4 to 6 Servings
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There are countless variations on this fresh, flavorful Turkish meze known as ezme. In general, most are combinations of raw vegetables—finely chopped tomatoes, sweet peppers and onions, drained to rid the mixture of excess moisture, then seasoned. Seasoning varies, but we found that adding chilies and paprika, fresh parsley, a drizzle of thick pomegranate molasses and some lemon juice gave us a balanced, full-flavored dip. Serve with toasted pita or lavash, alone or as an element of a meze platter.


Don’t forget to seed the tomatoes to remove some of their moisture. Also, don’t try to process all of the vegetables at once. Processing in batches results in more evenly sized pieces. And pulsing, rather than letting the machine run, helps ensure the vegetables are chopped, not processed to a puree.


  • 1

    pound ripe tomatoes, cored, halved crosswise and seeded

  • 1

    medium yellow onion, quartered


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Stephanie L.
February 17, 2024
Heading to Istanbul in a couple of weeks so this sounded fun to try and right up my alley and truly was. Just made for a light dinner so smeared some yogurt in the bowl first to add some heft and spread on warmed and garlic buttered pita. Was wonderful and perfect with wine for a light Friday evening dinner. So easy and often have these things on hand...look forward to making again and a gain as a go to.
Jennifer B.

Great ezme, am not a tomato lover, but I can't resist this. Brings you back to anatolia.