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Shifka Pepper Spread Recipe – aish.com Recipes, Jewlish – Tricks and Tips

Shifka Pepper Spread Recipe - aish.com Recipes, Jewlish

The Israeli condiment you need to try.

In Israel condiments are King. Go to any falafel or shawarma stand and in addition to Israeli salad you can fill your pita with your choice of condiments. From harissa to schug for spicy chili sauces to preserved lemon sauce to pickled mango amba to tahini and hummus, you will learn that what actually makes a great food stand is their condiments.

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

Once you have the sauce you can simply use it to liven up any sandwich, you can mix it with mayo and eat with Rotisserie chicken or you can use it to marinate and cook chicken or fish 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 mindful intention helps to “elevate” and incorporate these sparks. Get more Jewish food thoughts here.

Prep time: 5 minutes
Yield: 1 cup

INGREDIENTS

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

PREPARATION

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

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

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