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Shifka Pepper Spread Recipe – aish.com Recipes, Jewish

Shifka Pepper Spread Recipe - aish.com Recipes, Jewish

The Israeli spice you must try.

Spices are king in Israel. Go to any falafel or shawarma stall and, in addition to Israeli salad, you can fill your pita bread with herbs of your choice. From harissa to spicy chili sauces to preserved lemon sauce to pickled mango amba to tahini and hummus, you’ll learn that what makes a great food stall is their spices.

Shifka peppers are small yellow peppers that are often served with the olives, but if you are lucky you may find it as a prepared sauce and this sauce could change your life. Or you can make your own luck and make this sauce yourself. Read more about the origin of Shifka here. We like shifka peppers that are simply finely chopped, but if you’re going to bother using a blender, you might as well add some garlic and lemon while you’re at it.

Once you have the sauce you can easily use it to spice up any sandwich, you can mix it with mayo and eat it with Rotisserie chicken or you can use it to marinate chicken or fish and cook it for a quick weeknight dinner .

Food 4 Thought: Did you know that according to Kabbalah, there are sparks of divinity embedded in everything we eat? Eating with conscious intent helps to ‘lift up’ and absorb these sparks. Get more Jewish food thoughts here.

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Yield: 1 cup

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup pickled shifka peppers (can substitute pepperoncini) (stems removed)
  • ½ lemon, squeezed
  • 8 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Kosher salt

PREPARATION

  1. Combine paprika, lemon juice, garlic, oil and salt in a blender or food processor and blend until finely chopped.
  2. Put in a jar, add oil to preserve.

Tips to use in cooking: Combine shika sauce with mayo and spread on fish fillets, sprinkle with paprika and roast or mix with paprika and marinate chicken before grilling.

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