I've only ever had harissa from Stonewall Kitchen. It was a gift. I'd never heard of it before. It was delicious.

I don't know how authentic it was or wasn't. I have no context. That is the only harissa I've ever had. I've looked for it in the supermarket, but haven't found any.

Since I enjoyed it so much, I decided to make my own.

Mine doesn't replicate that of Stonewall Kitchen, but it has that similar sweet and spicy quality that made me like it so much. It's a simple set of ingredients that combine to create a complex sauce.

1 24 ounce jar roasted red peppers
3 cloves garlic
1 jalapeno
1 puya dried chile
2 tbls olive oil
1 tsp cumin seed
1 tsp coriander seed
3 pieces allspice
2 1/2 tsps salt

Add it all to a blender, including the liquid from the roasted red peppers. Puree until smooth.

Chill in the fridge for a few hours to thicken.

It tastes as good as it looks!


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