Harissa is North African hot red sauce or paste. The main ingredients include chili peppers (often smoked or dried) and garlic. This spice, while African based, is used throughout the world. Most closely associated with Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria. While it is a standard ingredient of North African cuisine, it goes perfectly with grilled chicken or lamb and couscous. Use it in everything from barley stew to spiced nuts.
This spicy accent livens up any bbq, stir fry or even seafood dish. This seasoning applied as a dry rub, or sprinkled into any savory dish for an extra kick is a perfect blend for the spice lover in your life.
Mix it into your grains or couscous and add olive oil. Use it the same way in lentils, adding a dash of harissa, onions, and parsley for a delicious and healthy dish. This spice mixes excellently as a paste as well into any farro, rice or other grain for a lively blend of seasoning and flavor.
Harissa blends well with tomato based products. Use this unique flavor to liven up lasanga, chili, or spaghetti sauce. You can find additional uses for it in tacos, indian foods, such as curry and even mediterranean flavors.
Additionally, add it to roasted vegetables for an extra kick. It is known to go well with roasted carrots, onions, beets, sweet potatoes, zucchini and squash. The spices in the blend have proven to break through the sweet flavors of these vegetables and create balance.
For more ideas on harissa pairings check out the following link. Ideas include olive, cheese and even wine pairings. There is something everyone in your family can enjoy.