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Harissa a Taste of North Africa

Try making this spicy and gorgeous flavored Harissa Paste, that is great used as a marinade, added to soups and stews or as a dipping sauce on the side when you need an extra bit of heat added. Find the Recipe at Little Figgy Food.

Many of my favorite foods originate around the flavors of the Mediterranean, and I have a special love for those from North Africa!

The exotic spices of the markets from Morocco, the fierce heat of the chilies and the beauty of timeless recipes make my heart skip a beat. Harissa is a gorgeous, spicy paste that can be used as a marinade, mixed into stews or swirled into a bit of Greek yogurt to serve up with your meal.
A super easy North African inspired Harissa Paste, a spicy and gorgeous addition to your amp up your meals.
Harissa is so easy to make and it will keep for up to two months in an airtight container in the fridge. Make it with your favorite red chilies, such as red jalapenos or try using a nice mix of different varieties. If you’re up for bringing tears to your eyes kind of hot, then add in some ghost peppers.

For the spices, you’ll get a more aromatic flavor if you toast your own cumin and coriander seeds and then grind them up in a pestle and mortar. No worries though, using already ground cumin and coriander will work nicely as well! 

To make up a spicy dressing for your summer salads or to make up a nice dip for fresh veggies or fries, try add a bit of this Harissa to Blue Cheese Dressing or this Garlic Lime Dip!

Tip: If you have family or friends that have a soft spot for spicy foods, this would be a great little gift from your kitchen to treat them with.

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A super easy North African inspired Harissa Paste, a spicy and gorgeous addition to your amp up your meals.

Harissa

Yield: 1 cup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes

A spicy paste that is perfect used to add flavor to your stews, marinades and more, Harissa.

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp Cumin Seeds, toasted and ground
  • 1 Tbsp Coriander Seeds, toasted and ground
  • 1 cup Red Chili Peppers, about 6 - 8 depending on size, roughly chopped. I used a mix of red Jalapenos and Ghost Peppers
  • 4 Garlic Cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 - 2 tsp Olive Oil

Instructions

  1. In a small skillet over medium heat, dry toast (no oil added) the Cumin and Coriander Seeds for about 2 - 3 minutes. Keep an eye on them, they can burn if not careful. Remove from the heat and set aside until ready to use.
  2. Add the toasted Seeds to a pestle and mortar and grind up well into a powder.
  3. In a food processor, add the toasted, ground Cumin and Coriander Seeds, chopped Chilies, Garlic Cloves, Salt and Olive Oil. Blend them all up until you have a nice paste.
  4. Transfer paste to an airtight container and keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 months. 

Notes

The flavors of freshly toasted spices are the best, but if you are unable to toast your own, you can use the same measurements of already ground Cumin and Coriander.

To insure that your Harissa keeps well, optionally you can pour 1 Tbsp of Olive Oil over the top of the paste when storing

Try making this spicy and gorgeous flavored Harissa Paste, that is great used as a marinade, added to soups and stews or as a dipping sauce on the side when you need an extra bit of heat added. Find the Recipe at Little Figgy Food.

Try making this spicy and gorgeous flavored Harissa Paste, that is great used as a marinade, added to soups and stews or as a dipping sauce on the side when you need an extra bit of heat added. Find the Recipe at Little Figgy Food.

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