Makes about 4 cups:
½ medium sized onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, whole
¼ cup olive oil
1-pound canned tomatoes (preferably San Marzano tomatoes)
½ pound jarred, drained roasted red peppers
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional
1 teaspoon sugar or honey (optional)
1 teaspoon dried crushed oregano
Approx. ¼ cup chopped fresh herbs: basil, parsley, dill
Combine the olive oil, onion, and garlic in a saucepan or pot and cook over medium-low heat until soft and golden. About 10 minutes.
Smash the garlic.
Add the tomatoes, peppers, salt, black pepper, oregano, and crushed red pepper flakes. Cook over high heat until the mixture boils. Cover and reduce the heat to a low and cook for 25 minutes or until the tomatoes and peppers break down and the mixture is nice and thick.
Taste and adjust seasoning. Add sugar if desired and mix well.
Stir in the chopped herbs.
Cool completely and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
This sauce can be used to cook chicken, fish, eggs, or to use as a dip. Enjoy!
2 cups canned chickpeas, drained, liquid reserved
1 fresh garlic clove
3 roasted garlic cloves
1/4 cup tahini paste (or less)
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
2-4 tablespoons reserved chick pea liquid
salt, to taste
Garnishes: olive oil, sumac, olives, chopped parsley
Place the fresh garlic love in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add tahini paste with lemon juice and puree.
Add chickpeas and puree until they break down and begin to form a paste.
Add 2 tablespoons of reserved liquid and puree until silky smooth.
Season with salt and cumin powder. Puree.
Taste and add more lemon juice or reserved chickpea liquid to create your desired consistency.
Place in a serving plate and drizzle with olive oil.
Dust some sumac and garnish with olives and freshly chopped parsley.
Serve with warm pita.
Makes almost 2 cups:
1/2 cup tahini paste
1 clove garlic
1/4 - 1/3 cup lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
2-3 heaping tablespoons plain yogurt (optional)
pinch of ground sumac (optional)
salt, to taste
Stir the tahini paste well before measuring it. The oil tends to rise to the top of the container.
Place the tahini paste in a mixing bowl along with the lemon juice, 2 tablespoons yogurt, 1/4 teaspoon salt and mix well.
The mixture will begin to thicken and sieze up. Don't worry!
Grate the garlic into the sauce and add enough warm water to mix it into a smooth paste. Add as much water as you like to achieve your desired consistency. Thick tahini sauce is great if using as a sandwich spread. Thinner tahini sauce is great for drizzling over foods or as a dressing.
When desired consistency is reached, taste for seasoning. Add more lemon juice and/or salt.
Garnish with finely chopped fresh parsley. Sprinkle some sumac over the sauce and serve.
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