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“Acuka / Muhammara” Turkish Meze Or Appetizer

Acuka or Muhammara is one of the well-known mezes or appetizers in Turkish cuisine.

It has simple ingredients but with the mix of spices and deep tastes from pastes, it is packed with flavor. We traditionally eat this Turkish spread at breakfast but it is also good as an appetizer.

Ingredients for Acuka / Muhammara

  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 heaped tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp sweet red pepper paste (I used 1 tbsp of it, homemade sweet red pepper paste. Recipe will be in the next episode)
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp each thyme, hot red pepper flakes, cumin
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp all-spice (optional)
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds (optional)
  • 2 tbsp bread crumbs
  • a handful of coarsely chopped walnuts
Turkish tomato and red pepper paste
Preparing Acuka Turkish spread

Instructions For Turkish Appetizer Acuka:

  1. In a medium-size pan add olive oil, tomato and pepper pastes, sesame seeds, spices, and roughly chopped garlic.
  2. Heat and cook stirring frequently for 2-3 minutes. Check the taste and add more spices if you prefer.
  3. The pastes can be salty so add salt if needed after tasting the spread.
  4. Add bread crumbs and walnuts, stir and cook for about 1-2 minutes and turn off the heat.
  5. Serve after cooled down, drizzle olive oil and sprinkle some sesame seeds.

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Turkish Meze Or Appetizer “Acuka / Muhammara”

Acuka or Muhammara is one of the well-known mezes or appetizers in Turkish cuisine. It has simple ingredients but with the mix of spices and deep tastes from pastes, it is packed with flavor. We traditionally eat in breakfast as a spread but it is also good as an appetizer.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Course Appetizer, Breakfast
Cuisine Middle east, Turkish
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 heaped tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp sweet red pepper paste I used 1 tbsp of it, homemade sweet red pepper paste. Recipe will be in the next episode
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp each thyme, hot red pepper flakes, cumin
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp all-spice optional
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds optional
  • 2 tbsp bread crumbs
  • a handful of coarsely chopped walnuts

Instructions
 

  • In a medium-size pan add olive oil, tomato and pepper pastes, sesame seeds, spices, and roughly chopped garlic.
  • Heat and cook stirring frequently for 2-3 minutes. Check the taste and add more spices if you prefer.
  • The pastes can be salty so add salt if needed after tasting the spread.
  • Add bread crumbs and walnuts, stir and cook for about 1-2 minutes and turn off the heat.
  • Serve after cooled down, drizzle olive oil and sprinkle some sesame seeds.

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Notes

Keyword acuka, meze, muhammara, tomato paste spread, turkish breakfast recipes, turkish spread

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