Thursday, January 3, 2013

Green Harissa - "I put that $#!* on everything"

This dip/sauce/spread/whatever you want to call it is just simply so fantastic, it inspired me to to coin a popular advertising campaign.  There are literally countless uses for this stuff; so far, I've used it as a base for seared scallops, on turkey sandwiches, as a pretzel dip, as a veggie dip and in lettuce wraps.  The flavor profile starts on a light, refreshing note and ends with just a touch of heat.  I think it would be awesome on steak or a pork loin as well.   It's a great way to add a punch of flavor without a lot of extra calories.  Also, the recipe couldn't be any easier!

Green Harissa

1/2 cup cilantro (leaves and stems)
1/2 cup flat leaf parsley (leaves and stems)
1 cup chopped spinach
2 garlic cloves
1/2 jalapeño (if you like a lot of heat, leave the seeds in, if not, remove them)
3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

- Combine all ingredients in a food process and pulse on high until well combined into a paste
- Store in an airtight container for up to a 10 days

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