Harissa Sauce
Mill City Cooks

Harissa

By: Brenda Langton

This is a spicy emulsified Moroccan harissa sauce is made from a few simple ingredients. Often it is made dry, but here is the creamy version. It’s a great condiment that can really elevate a dish. Use harissa on fish, sandwiches, stews, roasted potatoes and grilled portabella burgers. This sauce will keep for weeks in the refrigerator. Yield: approx. 1 quart. Photo credit: evenfallrestaurant.com.

Ingredients

  • 4 Medium fresh red bell peppers (OK to substitute jarred peppers, but rinse first)
  • 15 medium cloves of garlic
  • 2 teaspoons ground caraway
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 Tablespoons chili pepper flakes (or less, to taste)
  • 2.5 cups sunflower, olive or grape seed oil

Method

Cut peppers in half, remove seeds, place on an oiled sheet tray, not too crowded.

Put in broiler for 5-6 minutes, turning and moving peppers as needed to cook all of them.  Skins should be about 70-80% blackened. Next, shut off the broiler and put the tray in the oven for 4-5 minutes to continue cooking (sometimes the bottom part of the pepper doesn’t always cook through with the broiler method).

Place peppers in a container with lid to steam the skins off of the flesh.  Peel after a few minutes when cool.

With skins and seeds removed, place peppers in a blender. Add all other ingredients except oil.  Blend on low to medium speed.  When smooth, add the oil drizzled in slowly.