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Spicy Matbucha Recipe - the dip you can't resist!

I really love matbucha, but I can't stand the store bought stuff. Shabbat has never been the same since I learned to make it myself!

This is one of the more time consuming things I make for Shabbat, but the taste is so worth it, and my husband really loves this dip. I hope you enjoy it too!

Ingredients: 10 tomatoes (peeled) 2 red bell peppers 2 cloves garlic (or granulated garlic) 1/2 jalapeno (depending on size) 1 tbsp Spicy paprika 1/4 tsp Moroccan paprika (optional if you like more spicy) 1/2 tbsp Sugar (or other sweetener - I use dextrose, aka grape sugar in Israel). Honey or agave will also work. 3 tbsp Olive oil (or more to be added during cooking) Salt Black pepper

Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 40 minutes

1. Peel the bell peppers and slice into small strips. Sautee them in 2-3 tbsp olive oil (I sometimes use grapeseed oil) for 10 minutes on medium high heat or until they are getting tender.

There is another way to peel the peppers, which is to halve them, clean them out, and bake them at 210C until the skin start to blacken and bubble. Then let cool and peel. I have varied success with this and it takes less time to do it the other way, but you decide!

2. Add the tomatoes (chopped), garlic (finely chopped), and the approx. 7 slices of jalapeno (finely chopped).

3. Let sauté on medium high for 20 minutes, stirring frequently until most of the liquid from the tomatoes has evaporated. You will see the mixture starts to become a deeper red color.

4. Add the paprika, a pinch of salt and pepper, and simmer on medium-low for another 5-10 minutes or until it becomes the color and consistency you like. You will most likely need to add another 1/2 tbsp- 1 tbsp of oil while simmering.

Makes approx 1 1/2 cups.

Notes: My family is not into onions so I don't include onions in this recipe, but you could absolutely include chopped onions. Also, I tend not to use fresh garlic and granulated garlic works just fine. I use a small sprinkle across the pan, but you can add more to taste.

Enjoy! Let me know how it worked for you!

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