Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Turkish Dips

For some odd reason, we have a ton of Turkish restos near me and we always have to order their delicious dips as an app. These dips are so eff'n delicious that I felt I had to re-create them at home. I've made Hummus and Baba Ganoush before, but the version at these Turkish joints are definitely different and more delicious than previous versions I've had - creamier and surprisingly including the addition of walnuts for texture.

Any who, these are very easy to make and are so delicious they would be Sultan approved. These dips are so simple - just throw them all in the processor and blend. As usual, always taste and adjust to your liking - more water/olive oil to thin it out, lemon to make it more tart, etc. Give them a try at your next gathering...

1 can chickpeas - drained
1/3 cup tahini
2 tbsp water (makes it creamier and airy)
extra virgin olive oil
3 roasted garlic cloves
1/2 lemon juice
Salt and pepper

Yogurt and Feta Dip
2 cups greek yogurt
1/2 lemon juice
1 garlic clove minced
zest of one lemon
1 cup feta cheese
Salt and Pepper
1/4 cup crushed walnuts

Roasted Pepper Salad
About 15-20 diced roasted baby sweet peppers and their roasting juice
1/4 red onion finely diced
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
Extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup crushed walnuts
Salt and pepper

Eggplant Salad
1 medium eggplant roasted and drained in a colander (the liquids are sometimes bitter)
1/3 cup tahini
1/4 cup crushed walnuts
1/2 lemon - juice
Salt and pepper

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