Popular in North Africa and the Middle East, Harissa is made with smoked chili peppers, garlic, caraway coriander, cumin. Wonderful added to couscous, stews and soups.
Recipes: Harissa Aoili, Harissa Peach Pork Tenderloin, Espresso and Harissa Marinated Filet
Chef-Recommended Pairings: Mission Fig Dark Balsamic, Alfoos Mango White Balsamic, Espresso Dark Balsamic, Red Apple Dark Balsamic
Streets so narrow they’re better called pathways wind their way before you, each building close enough that you could touch the several-story white walls on either side as you walk. Uneven stones patter beneath the feet of the children playing soccer as you pass dark, studded doors that nestle in arched awnings. Couscous bubbles in pots which steam out through the open windows on the floors above you, and the smell of spicy Harissa and cumin descends slowly from the awnings. Meats, soups, and vegetables with this spicy olive oil carry the ancient, complexly-spiced history of Algiers’ centries-old casbah, or citadel with them.