Last night I blended up some harissa paste to eat with my fish dinner. Harissa is super easy and you can really use any type of dried pepper you want. I had ancho peppers on hand so that is what I used. Anchos have a little bit of a sweet flavor which I like. I combined them with chile de arbol which are pretty spicy. You can also use guajillo or new mexico chiles. Anything you like!Most recipes have the addition of coriander seeds but i didn't have any so I made it without. Sorry the pics look kinda gross but it was amazingly tasty after fasting all day.
4 Chile de Arbol peppers
2 Garlic cloves
1 Teaspoon Sea Salt
Olive Oil to make a paste
Soak dried chiles in hot water until softened. (chile de arbol won't soften tho) Toss in blender or food processor. Blend. Eat. Yummy!
By the way, harissa is great with any kind of meats or veggies. In addition, I love to add it to nuts or olives to make them spicy. It makes a great party snack. Try it- you can't stop eating it!