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Harissa is a spicy chile paste. You can substitute 1 seeded jalapeño chile, and 1/4 teaspoon each of ground cumin and ground coriander.

This recipe goes with Whole Roasted Branzino

Coastal Living JUNE 2008

  • Yield: Makes 2 cups


  • 4 red bell peppers, halved lengthwise and seeded
  • 2 plum tomatoes, halved lengthwise
  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds
  • 1 tablespoon harissa
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


Place pepper halves, skin-side up, on a foil-lined baking sheet. Broil, 5 inches from heat, 10 minutes or until skins are blistered and blackened. Let stand 5 minutes, peel, and set aside.

Place tomato halves on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake at 400° for 15 minutes or until tender; set aside.

Place almonds on a baking sheet, and bake at 400° for 3 minutes or until toasted.

Process roasted vegetables, almonds, and next 4 ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Add olive oil and vinegar; process until well blended. Season to taste with salt and pepper.


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