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Muhammara Tart topped with Ras el Hanout Cauliflower

Recipe By Mike Johnston, Savory Spice Shop founder

Yields

12 servings

Recipe By Mike Johnston, Savory Spice Shop founder

This clever use of muhammara, a Middle Eastern spicy pepper dip, bakes up quickly and simply and is sure to impress any guests!

Ingredients

Roasted Cauliflower Topping:

Half head of cauliflower

2 Tbsp. olive oil


Muhammara Sauce:

1/3 cup raw walnuts

12 oz. jar of roasted red peppers, drained

1/3 cup breadcrumbs



1 Tbsp. lemon juice



2 tsp. granulated sugar



Tart:

2 sheets thawed puff pastry

Savory Spice ingredients in this recipe

  • Ras el Hanout

    Moroccan-style curry is referred to as "Ras el Hanout," and like other curries, it can be made from many different ingredients. Translated, Ras el ...

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  • Minced Garlic

    Garlic, native to Central Asia, quickly spread to the Mediterranean and now is cultivated and widely used all around the world. As it’s one of the ...

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  • Mayan Sea Salt

    Mayan Sea Salt has a clean appearance and flavor but is also an interesting tie to the ancient Mayan way of life. This sea salt was harvested off t...

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  • Pomegranate Molasses

    The thick juice extracted from the inner seeds of the pomegranate is 100% pure Pomegranate Molasses. Used mainly in Middle Eastern cooking for its ...

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  • Ground Cumin Seeds (Organically Sourced)

    Cumin, also known as Comino, is native to the Nile valley in Egypt. It is now cultivated in other hot regions of India, the Mediterranean, and Nort...

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  • Hungarian Paprika

    In Hungary, it is not uncommon for cooks to have several grades of paprika in the kitchen. This paprika is a Kulonleges paprika that bears the name...

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  • Crushed Aleppo Peppers

    The Aleppo pepper, also known as a Halaby pepper, is named after the city in northern Syria famous for its chiles. Grown in the Middle East, these ...

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Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut cauliflower into small florets and place in a large bowl. Toss with olive oil and Ras el Hanout. Place florets on the center of an aluminum lined baking sheet. Fold aluminum around the florets and seal closed. Roast in the oven for 20 minutes. Carefully open seal and roast for 10 more minutes. Meanwhile, dry toast the walnuts in a small skillet for 4-5 minutes, stirring. In a food processor, add the toasted walnuts and the remaining Muhammara ingredients. Pulse until finely chopped, but not pureed. Unfold the two sheets of thawed puff pastry sheets and place on a greased baking sheet, overlapping by an inch. Trim to size, if necessary. Using your fingers, dampen both sides of the overlapped portions of the puff pastry sheets and then pinch together. Pinch all edges up to form a crust. With a fork, lightly puncture the pastry sheet every couple inches. Place in 400 degree oven and bake for 15 minutes. Remove and spread the Muhammara sauce evenly inside the crust. Top with the roasted cauliflower, sprinkle with Crushed Aleppo Chiles and bake for 10 more minutes. Remove from oven, slice and serve warm.