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I made this for my monthly potluck dinner with a group of girls from high school - well actually most of us went kindergarten through 12th grade together. In a class of 40 girls. Yes ALL girls. And yes we still like each other! We rotate apartments (I am planning on hosting the next one, once I get a real table and something other than plastic folding chairs to sit on) and everyone brings something - the non-cooks usually bring cheese, wine, or dessert.  Arguably the most important elements to any meal. Given that this dinner would most likely be washed down with a healthy dose of pre-halloween candy, I thought I would offer something healthy to start. It was a hit.  I believe a spoon was even used at one point when our provider of crackers and crudité arrived fashionably late.




2 cups

  • 3 red bell peppers, roasted

  • 1 cup walnuts

  • ½ cup tomato paste

  • juice of 1 lemon

  • 2 tbl honey

  • 3/4 cup water

  • 1 tsp cayenne

  • 1 tsp cumin

  • 1 tsp smoked paprika

  • 1 tsp salt

  • ½ tsp black pepper


Toast the walnuts and let cool.

Combine all ingredients in a food processor.

Puree and taste for seasoning.

Serve at room temp with pita or fresh veggies - anything that can carry a nice big scoop to your mouth!

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