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Easy Recipe For Homemade Harissa Sauce

Make Your Own Harissa

Any gourmand with a hankering for something spicy would be right at home in my kitchen, where the fridge is stocked with scorching sauces from every corner of the world. From Tabasco to Sambal Oelek and Sriracha, I'm extremely well-supplied in the store-bought specialties department.

I recently came to the conclusion, however, that I'm lacking somewhat in the homemade hot sauce category. Enter harissa, a fiery garlic and chili paste that hails from Tunisia and is used in stews, pasta sauces, grilled meats, and couscous. Although the chili paste is sold in tubes and jars at many supermarkets, it's easy — and much more fulfilling — to make from scratch yourself. See how I did so when you

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Harissa

Harissa

Easy Recipe For Homemade Harissa Sauce

Ingredients

8 dried or 1 1/2 oz. new mexico chiles, stemmed and seeded
8 dried or 2 oz. guajillo chiles, stemmed and seeded (I substituted aji panca peppers)
1⁄2 tsp. caraway seeds
1⁄4 tsp. coriander seeds
1⁄4 tsp. cumin seeds
1 tsp. dried mint leaves
3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, plus more as needed
1 1⁄2 tsp. kosher salt
5 cloves garlic
Juice of 1 lemon

Directions

  1. Put chiles into a medium bowl, cover with boiling water, and let sit until softened, about 20 minutes. Heat caraway, coriander, and cumin in an 8" skillet over medium heat. Toast spices, swirling skillet constantly, until very fragrant, about 4 minutes. Transfer spices to a grinder with the mint and grind to a fine powder. Set aside.
  2. Drain chiles and transfer to the bowl of a food processor with the ground spices, olive oil, salt, garlic, and lemon juice. Purée, stopping occasionally to scrape down the sides of the bowl, until the paste is very smooth, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a sterilized 1-pint glass jar and fill with oil until ingredients are submerged by 1⁄2". Refrigerate, topping off with more oil after each use. Paste will keep for up to 3 weeks.

Makes 1 cup.


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Rancher'sGirl Rancher'sGirl 6 years
Learn something new every day :) ....I had never heard of harissa, but it sounds delicious, and I will definitely try making this recipe. :)
nancita nancita 6 years
this looks outstanding!
HipMom HipMom 6 years
Thank you for this recipe! I'll have to make this so I can keep a batch on hand and replace my current addiction, Chile peppers in Adobo sauce, with harissa, which sounds healthier :-)
ashleygaidhlig ashleygaidhlig 6 years
aww wow excellent. I'll have to make my own next time. We make an amazing stew with harissa paste, but I always have to seek it out in the few shops that carry it here.
Beauty Beauty 6 years
Oh, this looks good. I might whip this up for our next potluck.
4evrfuzzy 4evrfuzzy 6 years
All those sauces you mentioned were invented and produced in the USA. Every corner of the world my arse.
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