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    Tunisian Harissa

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    40 mins

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    Mme M's Note:

    Harissa is a blend of spices with red pepper and garlic. Its consistency is like tomato paste. It is used in Tunisia and Algeria, and probably all over North Africa, to add rich, spicy, hot flavor to prepared food. It's also used as a snack, spread on french bread (or other bread) that has been spread with olive oil. You can use harissa in many other dishes, just to spice things up!

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    Serves: 8



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    1. 1
      Cut off the tops of the dried red peppers, and deseed them.
    2. 2
      Soften them in a bowl of water for a half hour, then put them in a colander to drain them a bit.
    3. 3
      Take the skins off the garlic.
    4. 4
      Put them in a blender, add the red peppers, the salt, caraway, coriander, and 1 teaspoon of water.
    5. 5
      Also, add 1 tablespoon olive oil.
    6. 6
      Blend this until it is like a paste.
    7. 7
      Add olive oil to taste.
    8. 8
      The oil will lessen somewhat the intensity of the spice.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on January 25, 2007


      I used the tiny and terribly hot red peppers we grew this past summer--so was judicious in my use of peppers. The resulting paste was delicious, especially in Chef d'oeuvre's Chakchouka Tunisian Chakchouka.

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    Nutritional Facts for Tunisian Harissa

    Serving Size: 1 (23 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 73.4
    Calories from Fat 24
    Total Fat 2.7 g
    Saturated Fat 0.3 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 451.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 12.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 4.8 g
    Sugars 6.4 g
    Protein 2.0 g

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