Say hi to harissa!
If you're not already spooning this spicy pepper sauce over everything, maybe this should be the year you start. Harissa's not only totally crazed with flavor, it also combines several of the most healthful ingredients on the planet -- olive oil, chile peppers, and garlic.
Be warned: You will want to spoon this sauce over any foodstuff that is not ice cream or cake!
Splash a little harissa onto cooked veggies, baked fish, stews, grilled chicken, scrambled eggs, fried potatoes, and more, more, more!
It's a staple of Tunisian and Algerian cooking. And these days, you can find prepared harissa in grocery stores. But for the DIYers, here's a tasty, spicy homemade harissa recipe.
See How Chef John Makes Harissa
We have to agree with Chef John: "A small spoonful of this makes virtually any savory dish better."
Can you handle more good news about hot sauces?
And some favorite recipes starring harissa
Spicy Tarragon Yogurt Chicken
Harissa is a great flavor partner for tarragon, "one of the most aromatic and sweetest herbs that there is," says Chef John.
Salmon with Harissa
"Fiery harissa and smoky paprika in a mayo base stand up to the distinctive flavor of mighty wild salmon." -- Cazuela
""Harira is a famous Moroccan soup, and here's a hearty vegetarian (and vegan!) version - packed with tomatoes and chickpeas and flavored with paprika, turmeric, saffron, ginger, and harissa." -- chouchou65
Moroccan-Style Lamb Shanks with Apricots
"This is a gorgeous, easy, and pretty quick version of lamb tagine I made on Valentine's Day. For an authentic feel we ate it with our fingers -- it was a complete hit!" -- moonpig
Lamb Merguez Sausage Patties
"Make a double batch, and experience not only this amazing burger but also use it in/on a number of things. It's wonderful in beans, frittatas, pastas, soups, and especially crumbled on pizza or flatbread." -- Chef John
"A light side dish or a great lunch box salad. The addition of saffron makes it just interesting enough!" -- toastyfrenchy
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