Harissa Spice

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Harissa Spice
This salt free seasoning is hand blended from paprika, Guajillo chile powder, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, garlic, lemon, Bird's Eye chile powder and caraway. We prefer to start with this spice blend and add a dash or two of hot water to create a paste then mix in some top grade olive oil to create your own delicious Harissa “sauce”. It's certainly good to go at this stage but for maximum flavor we prefer to our Harissa the day before we want it as this allows the flavors to fuse and deepen. This creates a sauce that has some delicious heat but also some tremendous complexity. Harissa will last for weeks in the refrigerator.
It is quite common for home chefs to add tomatoes (canned, rehydrated or sun-dried) and roasted red bell peppers to further smooth out the chile flavor. With their rich flavor and mild acidity the tomatoes partner quite well with the floral undertones of the red bell peppers.
We like to use our Harissa “sauce” in couscous, eggs, pasta, soups, stews and tagines.Some of our favorite recipes using Harissa are Grilled Harissa Chicken and Harissa Couscous.