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10 Delicious Ways To Use Harissa In Your Kitchen

10 Delicious Ways To Use Harissa In Your Kitchen

Harissa is a fiery, garlicky chili paste that has endless uses – think of it as the North African equivalent of Sriracha. It’s delicious and addictive simply prepared as a dip with bread, and can also be used as a condiment to add a dimension of heat to sauces, soups and stews. One of our favourite brands is made according to traditional Tunisian recipes in the GTA -  El Tounsi.

We love harissa in our Couscous with Roasted Cauliflower & Harissa. Here’s our crash course on how to put this powerhouse paste to work in your kitchen.

  1. Add heat to sweet: before roasting, toss chopped root veggies in harissa and savour the interplay between caramelized veggies and smoky spice.
  2. Spice up your salad: whisk harissa into your favourite citrus- or tahini-based dressing.
  3. Burger blend: mix harissa into your favourite veggie burger recipe.
  4. Between the buns: add harissa to mayo or ketchup to kick up your sandwich or burger.
  5. No more ho-hum hummus: add harissa to home-made or store-bought hummus.
  6. Hot-and-cold: whisk harissa into coconut or soy yogurt and use as a topping swirl for squash- or lentil-based soups.
  7. Paste-a: let your tomato sauce sing with a harissa kick.
  8. Spice rub: think of harissa as a ready-made rub for tofu or other proteins.
  9. Souped up: a teaspoon of harissa in a pot of soup adds a delicious warmth.
  10. Dilute and dip: add harissa to cashew sour cream for a delicious veggie or pita dip.


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