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Date Barbecue Sauce

From the kitchen of Flavor − Ottolenghi.


  • 6 Tbsp/90mL Olive Oil
  • 1- Small shallot
  • 2- Garlic cloves
  • ½ tsp- Chili flakes
  • ¼ cup/60 mL- Balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ tsp- Smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp- Ground cumin
  • ¼ cup/20g Black garlic (optional)
  • ½ cup/100 g Pitted dates
  • ½ cup +1 tbsp/130mL Water
  • ½ tsp Salt


Add 2 tbsp olive oil, shallot and crushed garlic into a saucepan on medium heat. Fry for ~6 minutes. Add chili fakes, vinegar, paprika, cumin, dates, black garlic, water and salt and stir to combine. Bring to a gentle simmer, decrease heat to medium low and cook for 8 minutes, or until the dates have softened completely. Let cool for 10 minutes, then transfer to a spice grinder or food processor with the remaining olive oil and blitz to a smooth sauce.

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