Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Harissa Sauce made with Spinach and Cilantro


This sauce is amazing.  It's refreshing and brings new life to the old dinner menu.  I think you would agree with me that this is a "go to" sauce.  It's impressive because it is versatile and can adorn virtually any meat, vegetable or bread.  Usually pesto is my "go to" sauce, but this has become a favorite.

If you have been reading this blog, by now, you probably understand that I really love to cook all types of food from varying cultures.  I'm facinated by the history of food, the preparation, the cultural impact and the different tastes.  One of the most relaxing things for me is to come home from work, turn on music that matches the dinner theme and just cook up a great meal.  The joy this brings me is only enhanced when I am joined by others in my kitchen who share my passion.  I hope some of these recipes inspire you too. 

Ingredients
2 C. fresh spinach, washed
1 C. fresh cilantro, washed
1 serrano chile, seeded
1 T. lemon juice
1 large clove garlic
1 t. coriander
1 t. cumin
1/2 t. salt
1/4 C. olive oil


Preparation
Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until smooth consistency.  Store in plastic container in the fridge until ready to use.  I actually double the recipe and freeze half for quick and delicious weeknight meals.  Using a spoon, spread sauce on Salmon, cod, halibut, steak, bread, chicken or vegetables and cook as you normally would. 

4 comments:

  1. I tend to prefer pesto because it's milder and basil is just an amazing plant with great properties. Harissa can be quite strong for some digestive tracts. The spinach addition is a good idea.

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  2. I've never had this sauce before. I have eaten pesto, but never made that either. So, this sauce doesn't require cooking, I just blend it all together and that's it? :) That sounds great! I will run to the shop right now to get the ingredients and then cook a nice plate of Harissa pasta. :) Thanks! Love, Flora

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  3. This sauce sounds amazing. This is my first visit to your blog, so I took some time to browse through your earlier entries. I'm so glad I did that. You've created a great spot for your readers to visit and I really enjoyed the time I spent here. I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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