Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Have you heard of Harissa? It's a hot, North African chili paste and it's my new favorite condiment. It's salty and spicy and garlicky and awesome...if you're into that kind of thing. I first tried harissa in a breakfast sandwich from Vesta Flatbread food truck at the Oakland Farmer's Market. Hooked! Immediately!
Now, I'm no taste bud adrenaline-seeker, but this stuff is good (And pretty spicy! A little goes a long way) - and you can make it at home fairly easily! This is the second jar I've made. I use a recipe similar to this one. Instead, I only add a little cumin in place of the caraway and coriander seeds. I suppose the spices used depend on which region's recipe you're following (Tunisia vs. Morocco vs. Algeria, etc.) Also, I used only arbol chilies, which are fairly small and hot, even though I did seed them.
Ok, so how to use this stuff? Probably any way you like! I primarily eat my harissa with eggs and avocado for breakfast. The avocado cuts the heat a little. Honestly, I eat this almost every single morning - it's so good! Vesta uses it with chicken and even on top of potatoes, but you could use it whenever you need a little heat.
I dare you to try it. I'll bet you get hooked too.