This tasty walnut-pomegranate caviar strikes the perfect balance of sweet, sour, salty, hot, and bitter flavors. Serve with crackers or toasted pita wedges, or as topping to wake up whole grains.
1 cup walnuts
2 cups freshly ground fine breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
Juice of 1 large lemon
1 cup pomegranate molasses (see note)
¼ cup hot water
2 teaspoons cumin
1 tablespoon sugar
1 cup red pepper paste (see note)
½ teaspoon cayenne or piri-piri
1 small onion, minced (optional)
- Pulse the walnuts is a food processor just until they form a fine meal.
- Combine with the remaining ingredients in a large bowl and stir until well blended. Add a bit more hot water if the mixture seems too thick to spread.
- Chill the mixture overnight before serving to allow the flavors to blend.
Note: Look for pomegranate molasses and red pepper paste in any Middle Eastern grocery store. And make breadcrumbs from any kind of whole grain bread. If it contains seeds, so much the better.