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‘Harissa’ Spiced Olives

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4-6 Servings
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Difficulty Level
Active Prep
Active Prep
10 min
Total Time
Total Time
10 minutes

Normally found as a paste, harissa is a fiery condiment from North African made from ground hot chile peppers, garlic and various spices. We took the ingredients that you would find in harissa and used them to wake up some olives for a robust salami platter.


‘Harissa’ Spiced Olives

Heat the oil, lemon strips, chiles, garlic, caraway, coriander and cumin seeds in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring, until the spices become fragrant, about 3 minutes. Carefully add the olives (step back, the oil will spit), lower the heat and continue stirring to coat the olives in the seasonings. After 2 or 3 minutes, the chiles will darken and the garlic will turn golden. Remove from the heat. Let cool a bit before serving as part of a salami plate. The flavor improves with time.


‘Harissa’ Spiced Olives

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 strips lemon zest, about 1-inch wide
  • 4 dried red chiles, such as chile de arbol
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 cups mixed olives, with or without pits, drained of brine
  • Salami assortment, for serving


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