Citizens, in our continued 3-day celebration of National Jewish Appreciation Month, we turn to the east and south to the fabled shores of Morocco for today’s recipe!
Matbucha (Arabic: مطبوخة maṭbūkhah) is a cooked dish of tomatoes and roasted bell peppers seasoned with garlic and chili pepper.
The name of the dish originates from Arabic and means “cooked [salad]”. It is served as an appetizer, often as part of a meze. Despite being called a salad, it is actually a dip (and an extremely tasty one at that!).
Matbucha is very popular across the Maghreb and especially in Israel, to where it was brought by Jewish immigrants from Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, and Libya.
It is not clear how old this dish is, since tomatoes were brought to Africa through Europe from America (c. 1492) and weren’t used in the Middle East until the 1800’s!
Citizens, it is not off-base to think of this as a Moroccan salsa – regardless of what you call it, you and your guests will love this taste of North Africa! 🙂
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