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Manchurian Dip

Manchurian Dip 2.000

Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post

Jun 30, 2004

This finished dip looks a bit like barbecue sauce, but its texture is more substantial. It clings to a chunky dipper, making the trip without drips from bowl to mouth of hungry guest (or chef). Serve warm with raw cauliflower or craggy hunks of rustic bread.

We've updated the recipe in calling for reduced-sugar ketchup.

Make Ahead: The dip can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 week.


Servings: 2 quarts
Ingredients
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1 small green chili pepper, stemmed and seeded
  • 1 medium red onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 large stalks celery, coarsely chopped
  • 1 bunch cilantro, stems included
  • 10 medium cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 cups reduced-sugar ketchup
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder (may substitute 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper)
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

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Directions

Combine the carrot, chili pepper, onion, celery and cilantro in the bowl of a food processor. Add the garlic and pulse until blended.

Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Transfer the pureed vegetables to the saucepan and heat through, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the ketchup and soy sauce and cook for 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low. When the sauce starts to thicken, add the sugar, chili powder, salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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Recipe Source

Adapted from "Wife of the Chef: The True Story of a Restaurant and Romance" by Courtney Febbroriello (Clarkson Potter, 2003).

Tested by Bonnie S. Benwick.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per 1/4-cup serving: 15


% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 0g 0%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 250mg 10%

Total Carbohydrates: 3g 1%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 2g

Protein: 0g


*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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