Get a taste of Egypt with dukkah.
The pounded mixture of nuts and spices is traditionally served alongside bread and olive oil for an appetizer or snack. Dip a hunk of crusty bread into olive oil, then into the dukkah mixture. It makes for the world’s easiest hors d’oeuvre, especially with the harried holidays upon us.
Serving dukkah has never been easier, either, now that Kit Crawford and Gary Erickson have come up with ready-to-use packaged blends. You know Crawford and Erickson best as the founders of Clif Bars and Clif Family Winery.
Gary & Kit’s Napa Valley Dukkah come in three varieties: Classic Hazelnut, Toasted Sesame and Pistachio, and Savory Coconut.
Recently, I had a chance to sample them.
The Classic Hazelnut is full of sesame seeds, ground hazelnuts, anise and citrus. The Toasted Sesame and Pistachio has is buttery tasting, with a slight minty hit at the end, which I really liked. The Savory Coconut is sweet and spicy, reminiscent of Indian chutney.
The blends are quite concentrated in flavor, so a little goes a long way. Dip you bread lightly into them or else they might taste too overwhelming.
The dukkah blends also can be sprinkled on roasted butternut squash or grilled chicken or whisked into a vinaigrette for your favorite green salad.
A 2.5-ounce pouch is $7 at Cliff Family Winery.