Never heard of harissa sauce? Enjoy spicy food? Meet your new best friend!
Harissa Sauce or Harissa Paste is spicy chile sauce blended with spices. Add to marinades, hummus, salad dressings and more for some heat!
Historically harissa hailed from the Middle East and was made with Maghrebi hot chili peppers. Since these chiles aren’t available worldwide, but the condiment was so tasty, other cultures started making their own adaptations of harissa sauce
The original version uses roasted red peppers, garlic, serrano peppers, coriander, caraway seed and olive oil for preservation. Some even added rose petals.
Modern day harissa sauce has many variations and like many sauces and condiment, feel free to put your own spin on it. Some use tomatoes, smoked or roasted garlic and red bell peppers, cumin, salt and even mint.
I typically use New Mexico dried chile peppers, which are in the International aisle near Latin foods and sometimes just labeled “chile peppers,” but you can always special order other blends and flavors or use chipotle for a smoky heat.
How do you use harissa? Well, in just about anything you would typically use any other hot sauce. A little goes a long way and packs a punch.
I like to top hummus with mine or blend it with plain Greek yogurt for an excellent marinade worthy of chicken, meats and seafood, even vegetables! Dip tortilla chips right on in or use to punch up soups and stews.
Tools for making Harissa Sauce:
Mini Food Processor– I use this thing daily! It is by far my most used kitchen appliance, it is small and I throw all the parts into the dishwasher, well except the base and cord, of course!
Wood cutting board – wood won’t dull your knives like plastic and if treated properly, has natural antimicrobial properties.
Good knife – Global is my favorite! They are worth the price, I promise. I am kind of obsessed with them and store them tucked away so no one else can use them. Including hubby. Hands off my good stuff!
If you like Harissa Sauce, then you’ll like these other spicy recipes:
- Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Popper Chicken
- Seafood Fra Diavolo
- Spicy Crab and Sausage Soup
- Spicy Honey Turkey
- Korean BBQ Chicken
- Spicy Hawaiian Calzones
- 15 dried New Mexico chile peppers stems removed
- 3 garlic cloves
- 1 roasted red pepper
- 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon coriander
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- Combine all ingredients into a food processor and blend until creamy with chile bits.
- Serve and enjoy your Harissa!
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