Harissa from Mustapha's Mediterranean
Hot Chile Paste from Morocco
Harissa, from the Arabic word lhares (“to crush”), is a spicy red chile paste from North Africa. This Moroccan version comes from Mustapha Haddouch, who arrived in the US in the ’80s with only $600 to his name and now sells his line of authentic Moroccan products to the finest specialty markets in the country.
Mustapha’s Harissa is a fiery blend of chiles, bell pepper, preserved lemon, tomatoes, garlic and spices. It is bright, salty and acidic, with a hint of lemon and a prickly heat that melts away on the tongue. We recommend using this one as you would hot sauce, since loose, tomato sauce-like consistency makes Mustapha’s Harissa easy to dollop or blend into any dish where you seek to add a peppery kick.
- Stir into couscous and serve with Moroccan tagine
- Blend with yogurt or cream cheese for a quick dip
- Add to a marinade for chicken skewers
- Mix with mayonnaise and top a burger
- Rub onto shrimp or pork before grilling
- Eat with scrambled eggs or a breakfast burrito
For a Tunisian take on Harissa, try Organic Harissa from Les Moulins Mahjoub.
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