Watch Cooking Channel

Homemade Holiday Gift: DIY Harissa

Finished Harissa, With Ingredients

Food-wise, December looks something like this: Cookies, cookies, doughnuts, cookies, candy, cookies, cake, cookies. Champagne. Cookies.  I love all those sweets (and the bubbly) as much as the next gal, but between bites of buttery cookies and homemade caramels, I crave something savory, spicy and delicious.

I’m banking that I’m not the only one who feels this way, so this year I’m making a batch of harissa to give to friends as a holiday gift. This ubiquitous North African condiment is popping up in restaurants and on food blogs everywhere, and you can use it in many forms, from ketchup-like condiment to star-of-the-show spice rub. Sure, you can buy it in a tube, but making your own is easy, and you can control the heat level and seasoning.

Here’s how to make your own, package it and serve it up all month long.

What’s Harissa?
If you’ve never tried harissa, it’s a piquant, hot Tunisian paste made from dried chiles and toasted spices. It’s traditionally served with kebabs, couscous and tagines, but outside of that, the possibilities are endless (more on that later).

How to Make It
Once you get your hands on the ingredients, making this paste is a snap. It’s traditionally made with super-spicy bird’s eye chiles,  but you can substitute the peppers of your choice to control the heat. For a hotter mix, use dried arbol chiles. For a milder spice paste, add some dried ancho chiles or even a roasted red pepper.  Chipotles and guajillo chiles will give you middle-of-the-road heat.

Homemade Harissa
Adapted from Saveur and Katie Cavuto-Boyle
Yield
: 1 cup

Ingredients:
4 ancho chiles
4 guajillo chiles
4 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
1 roasted red pepper
1/2 teaspoon caraway seed
1/4 teaspoon coriander seed
1/4 teaspoon cumin seed
1 teaspoon dried mint
Juice of 1/2 lemon
4 cloves garlic
3 tablespoons olive oil, plus more as needed

Directions:
Put dried chiles (ancho and guajillo, or whatever you’re using) in a medium bowl. Cover with boiling water and let sit until softened. Toast caraway, coriander and cumin in a skillet over medium heat until fragrant. Transfer spices to a grinder with dried mint and grind until fine.

Drain chiles and transfer to bowl of food processor.  Add ground spices, red pepper, chipotle peppers, garlic, and lemon juice.  Turn on food processor. Stream in oil until the mixture is smooth and the consistency of tomato paste. Season with salt to taste.

Transfer to a clean decorative jar and top with enough olive oil to cover. Harissa paste will keep in the refrigerator for 1 month.

Jarred and Decorated Harissa

What to Do With Harissa
Now that you’ve got the spice paste, what the heck do you do with it? Here are some easy ideas to share with  friends:

  • Coat almonds in harissa, sprinkle with sea salt and bake at 300 degrees until toasted for an easy spin on spiced nuts.
  • Spread on chicken before grilling or roasting.
  • Spread on crusty bread with hummus
  • Mix in with olives or red peppers for a simple salad.
Harissa-Spiced Roasted Almonds

But don’t stop there! Here are even more ways food bloggers are using this addictive paste:

Deb from Smitten Kitchen uses harissa, feta and mint to elevate the oft-mundane carrot salad:

Carrot Salad with Harissa, Feta and Mint From Smitten Kitchen

Staying in the salad realm, this quinoa-and-chickpea dinner salad from The Whole Kitchen uses harissa-spiced oil in the dressing, and it might even help you recover from all those rich holiday treats. Yum!

Quinoa Salad With Harissa Dressing

Anna from Chef Wanabe uses her homemade harissa to make this mouthwatering eggplant-and-harissa sandwich. Also, how adorable is her mortar and pestle?

Eggplant and Harissa Sandwich From Chef Wanabe

And for those cold December nights that you don’t have holiday parties, warm up with Sassy Radish’s hearty harissa-spiced chicken with chickpeas and onions. You can always have a cookie (or two) after.

Sassy Radish

What homemade vittles are you giving away as a holiday gift this year? Get more edible gift ideas here.

Tags:

Comments (1176)

  1. 安全な電力平準化と金…

    あなたがしている 何 かなりクール仕事…

  2. 戦国ixa銅銭 posted 05/30/2014

    安全な電力平準化と金…

    私たち自身 誠実 謝罪 への感謝を表現するのおかげと言っていないためあなた 早く…

  3. erotica for couples posted 05/30/2014

    Awesome website…

    [...]the time to read or visit the content or sites we have linked to below the[...]……

  4. massage relaxant posted 05/31/2014

    Links…

    [...]Sites of interest we have a link to[...]……

  5. 安全な電力平準化と金…

    私はよく分からない私は知らない私は何をはず | 私はしていなかったしていなかった場合に行わこのようなステップこのような。…

  6. make money with iqkonnect posted 06/03/2014

    make money with iqkonnect…

    [...]although internet sites we backlink to below are considerably not associated to ours, we feel they are in fact worth a go by, so have a look[...]…

  7. 安全な電力平準化と金…

    我々はより速く、電力平準化を提供し、安全で、当社のウェブサイト上で注文をするために歓迎することができます…

  8. Education posted 06/05/2014

    Education…

    Thank you for producing my private students have access to your webpage post….

  9. home depot 20 off coupon posted 06/06/2014

    home depot 20 off coupon…

    [...]please stop by the web pages we follow, like this 1, as it represents our picks in the web[...]…

  10. 安全な電力平準化と金…

    私が感じる真 ラッキーたのは使用 あなたの全体 サイトとを楽しみにして多くもっと回ここに読み…

  11. FFXI 育成代行 posted 06/06/2014

    安全な電力平準化と金…

    当社 正直 謝罪 いないためあなた 早く…

  12. WOT 育成代行 posted 06/07/2014

    安全な電力平準化と金…

    私が感じる極めて 恵まれたのは使用 あなたの全体 サイトとを楽しみにしてそう多くもっと分ここに読み…

  13. Permaculture Activist posted 06/07/2014

    Permaculture Activist…

    Your kindness will be considerably appreciated….

  14. kratom extrakt posted 06/07/2014

    kratom…

    Brilliant blog!…

  15. website designer Chennai posted 06/09/2014

    …A Friend recommended your blog…

    [...] What host are you using? Can I am getting your associate link on your host? I want site loaded up as fast as yours lol[...]…

  16. Diablo 3 RMT posted 06/10/2014

    安全な電力平準化と金…

    私が感じるかわいい 幸運たのは遭遇 あなた ウェブサイトのページとを楽しみにしてたっぷりもっと瞬間ここに読み…

  17. WOT 育成代行 posted 06/10/2014

    安全な電力平準化と金…

    私は何をきただろう | 遭遇私はしていなかったしていなかった場合に行わこのようなスタッフこのような。…

  18. 舞翔伝 RMT posted 06/10/2014

    安全な電力平準化と金…

    我々はより速く、電力平準化を提供し、安全で、当社のウェブサイト上で注文をするために歓迎することができます…

  19. 安全な電力平準化と金…

    あなたがしている 行って 非常に良い仕事…

  20. FF14 RMT posted 06/10/2014

    安全な電力平準化と金…

    我々はより速く、電力平準化を提供し、安全で、当社のウェブサイト上で注文をするために歓迎することができます…

  21. 戦国ixa RMT posted 06/11/2014

    安全な電力平準化と金…

    私が感じるかわいい ハッピーたのは遭遇 あなたの全体 ウェブページとを楽しみにしていくつもっと分ここに読み…

  22. 安全な電力平準化と金…

    当社 正直 謝罪 いないため 早く…

  23. kitchen remodel los angeles posted 06/12/2014

    Awesome website…

    [...]the time to read or visit the content or sites we have linked to below the[...]……

  24. WOT 育成代行 posted 06/12/2014

    安全な電力平準化と金…

    我々はより速く、電力平準化を提供し、安全で、当社のウェブサイト上で注文をするために歓迎することができます…

  25. FF11 ギル posted 06/13/2014

    安全な電力平準化と金…

    私はよく分からない私は知らない私は何をはず | 私はしていなかったしていなかった場合に行わこのようなソリューションこのような。…

  26. WOT 育成代行 posted 2 weeks, 5 days ago

    安全な電力平準化と金…

    我々はより速く、電力平準化を提供し、安全で、当社のウェブサイト上で注文をするために歓迎することができます…

Post a New Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

c