Homemade Harissa – Spicy Red Pepper Sauce

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Harissa is a spicy red pepper sauce used in North African cuisine. I first stumbled upon it while researching Preserved Lemons (another common ingredient in North African dishes). Harrisa is a spicy, paste-like blend of hot peppers, garlic and spices, making for a delicious condiment that can be used in an assortment of dishes. Simply add to any dish for some extra flavor and heat. So far I’ve tried it in pasta sauce, on pizza and mixed into scrambled eggs. I plan on adding to everything I can think of!

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Homemade Harissa
Recipe Type: Condiments and Spreads
Author: Rachel Beyer
Adapted from [url href=”http://www.halfbakedharvest.com/homemade-harissa-spicy-red-pepper-sauce/” target=”_blank”]Half Baked Harvest[/url]
Ingredients
  • 2 red bell peppers, *roasted
  • 2 dried ancho chiles
  • 1 dried chile de arbol
  • 2 chipotle chiles in adobo
  • 1 dried japones chiles
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled
  • Lemon zest
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • Salt, to taste
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
Instructions
  1. This recipe yields approx. 1 ½ cups of sauce. I doubled this to make a total of 3 cups, packaged in 8 oz. jars. Any combination of dried peppers will work for this recipe, so feel free to adjust to what you can find at your local grocery store. You’ll need a total of 5 dried peppers.
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  3. Place dried chiles in a heatproof bowl and cover in boiling water. Place a ceramic plate over the top and set aside for 20-30 minutes, until chiles are softened.
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  5. Slice off the tops of the dried chiles and remove the seeds from inside. Place all ingredients into a food processor.
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  7. Purée until smooth, then slowly pour in the olive oil to thicken the sauce.
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  9. Will last 2-3 weeks in the refrigerator.
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Notes
*For instructions on how to roast a bell pepper, [url href=”http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/roasted-red-peppers-recipe.html” target=”_blank”]click here[/url].

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Rachel Beyer is an artist, designer and creative maker based in Portland, OR. She loves crafting, party planning and illustration. Rachel runs her own creative blog, Adventures In Making and also has a line of greeting cards, art prints and handmade goodies called Camp Smartypants.


One comment

  1. This red pepper sauce is a spicy treat for anyone who loves hot foods! It also makes a great gift. This is the ultimate condiment because it tastes great on a variety of foods, including steak, chicken, and even on a bagel with cream cheese!

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