American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A spicy North African sauce made from chili peppers, garlic, cumin, and other seasonings.
- Apparently from Arabic ("break into pieces").This definition is lacking an etymology or has an incomplete etymology. You can help Wiktionary by giving it a proper etymology. (Wiktionary)
- Arabic harīsa, dish of pounded meat and bulgur, from harasa, to pound; see hrs in Semitic roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“But you have found the perfect cure for it, harissa is delicious.”
“Burmese or cayenne, paprika, chiles or pastes, such as harissa, is present but not by any means overpowering.”
“I am currently finishing off a jar of Al'fez harissa which is excellent and have just bought a jar of Mr Vikki's Fiery Lemon Harissa which is made in Cumberland - I'm trying to be more of a locavore these days.”
“Consider making some of your own condiments such as harissa or chutneys that you might normally buy.”
“If we're going somewhere for the weekend, Mark brings his homemade harissa or homemade chocolate.”
“I made some of this Moroccan harissa-rubbed roasted veal with apricot sauce and almonds on a bed of couscous the other day and it was pretty tasty.”
“All I want to eat lately is bread with butter and harissa.”
“Or spicy sausages and I put harissa or hot sauce or chili flakes in the mustard, and top those with sesame seeds.”
“Carla: Jollof rice undercooked with harissa lamb, with peppers, onions and lime”
“Tom used the sausage meat as filling and wrapped it in lamb loin with green (fresh) chickpeas, tomato and jus, while Gail sautéed premade merguez served with mint greek yogurt and harissa.”
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