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Turkish Tomato and Red Pepper Dip

Appears in July-August 2021
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Turkish Tomato and Red Pepper Dip

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.

Jennifer B.

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

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