I love hot stuff and this harissa is definitely HOT STUFF! In case you’re wondering, harissa is a North African chile paste usually made with roasted red peppers, serrano peppers, garlic and spices such as cumin and coriander. When I was perusing the interwebs looking for something spicy to heat up this depressing winter I came across Jamie Oliver’s rose harissa. While I do love Jamie Oliver, I don’t want my food to taste like flowers or soap. No thanks on the rose there, buddy. That being said, I do love the idea of oven roasted tomato and harissa paste.
The day I went shopping for the ingredients for this post the only hot peppers I could find were habanero peppers. Really. Not a serrano or tiny Thai pepper to be found. Anywhere. So that’s what I used. When you make this, use whatever heat level you think you and your family will like. This one is so hot that a little goes a loooooong way.
Wondering what to do with your harissa now that you’ve made it? I used it to make balsamic harissa chicken wings, and they were delicious!