With their ever-increasing line of products bearing the New York Shuk label, Ron and Leetal Arazi are putting the Middle East, with an emphasis on Jewish and Moroccan flavors, on the table. Their latest is a thick, all-purpose tomato-based condiment called matbucha, a homemade staple of North African origin that is ubiquitous in Israeli households. On its own it’s a dip. But it’s also a base for shakshuka, a topping for pizza or crostini, a ketchup replacement, a pasta sauce, an addition to steamed clams or mussels and an excellent coating on fish before baking. The signature matbucha has some heat; the matbucha with olives and mint offers a tart edge.
New York Shuk Matbucha, $12.95 for 10 ounces, four jars for $40, nyshuk.com.