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Sep 14, 2009 11:30 AM

Pizza Dipping Sauce

Does anyone know a recipe for the spicy sauce that they serve in Israeli pizza stores to pour on or dip the pizza into? TIA

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  1. do you mean the "charif" for Falafel sandwiches?

    found this recipe on the web

    Prep time: 4 minutes; slightly longer if using fresh tomatoes

    Cook time: none

    Chill time: 1 hour

    Yields: 8 servings


    1 can (20 oz.) whole tomatoes, drained; or 5 tomatoes, quartered

    1/4 cup white vinegar

    1/2 cup oil

    1 Tbsp. chopped garlic

    1 Tbsp. lemon juice

    1 tsp. cumin

    1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt

    1 tsp. cayenne pepper or to taste

    4 jalapeño hot pepper rings (from jar)

    quartered pita breads (optional)


    1. Combine tomatoes, vinegar, oil, garlic, lemon juice, cumin, salt, cayenne, and jalapeño peppers in a blender or food processor and pulse until smooth.

    2. Chill in refrigerator for 1 hour.

    3. Serve as a dip with warm pita bread, if desired.

    Note. “Charif” is the Hebrew word for “sharp”—and boy, does this recipe have a kick! It’s not for the faint of heart. But that’s the beauty of preparing a dish like this from scratch. You can make it mild or burning hot.