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Harissa suggestions?

Postby Paul Winalski » Tue Jul 02, 2013 1:36 pm

When I read Jenise's recipe for merguez sausage, I had to go to Google to find out what harissa was. When I read the recipe for it, I thought, "hey, this is a Thai curry paste with Moroccan flavors". So when I made a fresh batch of red and green Thai curry pastes the other day, I also made a batch of harissa.

So apart from a couple of tablespoons per two pounds of merguez sausage, what other dishes use harissa?

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Re: Harissa suggestions?

Postby Jeff Grossman/NYC » Tue Jul 02, 2013 1:52 pm

Mmm, it's tasty paste. Smear on almost anything, I say.

Traditionally, it is stirred into soups, stews, and couscous.
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Re: Harissa suggestions?

Postby Jo Ann Henderson » Tue Jul 02, 2013 2:09 pm

Add to mayonnaise and use as a condiment with anything (I like it for french fry dipping).
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Re: Harissa suggestions?

Postby Christina Georgina » Tue Jul 02, 2013 11:53 pm

I keep a batch of green harissa and a batch of red harissa in the freezer almost at all times because they come in handy for just about anything you can think of.
Tonight I smeared some on steamed carrots with chopped cilantro, lemon juice and zest. I've used it on baked potatoes, pork tenderloin, lamb or chicken kabobs. Mix a bit in yogurt sour cream or mayo as a condiment for the grilled meat. Swirled in a hearty vegetable soup....too many uses to name
There are innumerable recipes for harissa and I prefer a more intensely spiced version. It is a very versatile
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Re: Harissa suggestions?

Postby Neil D » Wed Jul 03, 2013 1:15 am

I love harissa. Does anyone have a recipe for it? I tried ordering a spice mix online -- through Amazon -- and it was really disappointing. I have found a brand by the company "Cava" that is great, but not totally what I consider authentic (it's much more tomato based that what I'm used to). I'd like to try to make my own, and wonder if anyone has a tried and true recipe.
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Re: Harissa suggestions?

Postby Mike Filigenzi » Wed Jul 03, 2013 2:08 am

There were a couple posted back on the old board. One is here, and another (from Chez Panisse) is here.

Haven't tried either of them myself - I tend to buy the stuff that comes in the toothpaste tubes.

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Re: Harissa suggestions?

Postby Paul Winalski » Wed Jul 03, 2013 8:09 am

I just posted the harissa recipe that I used the other day to make a batch of merguez sausage.

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Re: Harissa suggestions?

Postby Jo Ann Henderson » Wed Jul 03, 2013 9:14 am

I suggest the cookbook Mourad: New Moroccan by Mourad Lahlou. He has an entire chapter on harissa with two recipes for wet harissa and one for a harissa powder. Within that chapter there are different recipes for how to use the various concoctions. I haven't tried making my own so far, but that will happen pretty soon.
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