Jan 17, 2011

harissa spiced sandwich

African Night

Harissa is a staple in North Africa, a hot pepper sauce. You can buy harissa or make your own using fresh hot peppers, oil, and other optional ingredients such as garlic, cumin, red pepper, coriander, etc.

Tonight's meal, Harissa Spiced Sandwich, was inspired by a recipe by Marcus Samuelsson using harissa coated lamb. I used rehydrated textured vegetable protein (TVP) instead of the lamb, but next time will definitely use either tofu or seitan - the TVP retained too much liquid (because of rehydration and being marinated) to crispen properly.

Using tofu (pressed or wrapped) or seitan, coating them with the harissa marinade and then browning them, is totally delicious. The protein is then cooked in a sauce with chickpeas and is then served with hummus and pita. A little extra harissa on the side is nice, too. 

Even using the TVP the dish was phenomenal and using solely chickpeas or using tofu or seitan will garner a better result. 

Cost Breakdown

TVP (use tofu or seitan instead): $2
tamari, harissa, broth: $1.50
onion, garlic, lemon, spices:
chickpeas: $2
tomato: $1
pita: $1.50
hummus: $1
Total to make 5 servings:


  1. I'm hungry! I'm just wild about harissa. Yum!

  2. Haven't had the pleasure of trying harissa yet. I look forward to the recipe.

  3. Fantastic!! My kind of sandwich for sure. Thanks for the recipe.

  4. This looks delicious. I've never heard of harissa. Thanks for introducing me!

  5. This looks delicious, and I think it would be amazing with tofu!

  6. This sounds wonderful! I just gave a friend Harissa as a gift. Clearly, I should have kept it for myself!

  7. Thanks, GiGi!

    Enjoy, Tender Banson! If you like peppers, the harissa is a great condiment to cook with.

    Thank You, Belinda and Nikki!

    Right on, Gonzo Mama - tofu would be great!

    I hope you can get another bottle, Tiffany!


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