Monday, November 15, 2010
Honey-Nut Sundaes WIth Nazar's Balli Cerez
The Omak brand balli cerez is a thick spread made of crushed nuts soaked in honey. Crushed pistachios, walnuts, hazelnuts and more fill the small jars at Nazar Market in Columbia. They're doused in honey, and I have no idea how Turkish people use them -- other than that they're a "snack," according to the guys at Nazar.
I used them as a sundae topping. I spooned a few tablespoons over vanilla ice cream, then poured on a few tablespoons of honey because the balli cerez is more nut than sauce. That made for an ice cream parlor dessert -- crunchy, sweet and way more natural than that Magic Shell that I loved as a kid.
Nazar Market has become a delicious source for unique items. You get fresh meat -- including ground lamb -- from the halal butcher, along with many Turkish items that are great on their own or work well in recipes. Plus, you can walk across the parking lot for a sandwich at Bon Fresco. Check out all my Nazar posts.