Harissa Roasted Squash

Harissa Roasted Squash

I like to have a nice collection of quick, easy and tasty side dishes on hand and I am always on the lookout for more. A while ago I came across this one for harissa roasted squash on What do I want to cook today? that sounded like it fit the bill perfectly. I had picked up some harissa a while ago but I had only used it once and I was looking for new ways to enjoy it. Harissa is a red sauce from Northern Africa that is made from chili peppers, garlic and other various things. This side is really easy, you just peel and cut the squash, toss it with some oil and the harissa and pop it in the oven to roast. Roasting the squash brings out its flavour along with its natural sweetness which went really well with the spicy harissa. I served it with my roasted lamb in coffee sauce dinner and it went well with the lamb. Overall I was quite pleased with this quick and easy side dish and I will be making it again.

Harissa Roasted Squash

(makes 4 side dish sized servings)
Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
4 cups squash (cut into bite sized pieces)
1 tablespoon oil
1 tablespoon harissa

Directions:
1. Toss the squash in the oil and harissa to coat.
2. Roast the squash in a preheated 400F oven until tender, about 30 minutes turning in the middle.

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Roasted Squash with Gorgonzola and Maple Syrup
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43 comments:

chefectomy said...

Harissa is all over the place right now. A nice and simple preparation, I like it.

--Marc

Sharon said...

Wow, thanks for sharing! I've never tried Harissa before!

meet me at mikes - crafty! said...

I am going to make a version of this with Pumpkin tonight! Thanks for the inspiration! I really like reading your blog! It makes me hungry!

OhioMom said...

Yum, roasted squash .. I have never tried Harissa, will have to pick some up.

Elra said...

Love harissa very much. Delicious.

Rita said...

Sounds nice, I still haven't tried harissa, although I see many recipes using it lately. Did you find it at your regular grocey store?

Helene said...

Sounds like a perfect side dish. I love squash.

Jan said...

Kevin I'm so pleased you tried one of my recipes and liked it.
I still make that now and again as it really is so easy and tasty.

Ann said...

Delicious !! drooling and you torture me

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Wonderful! A great idea!

Cheers,

Rosa

Gloria said...

Love this Kevin as all your recipes!!! Gloria

Joanne said...

Winter squash is my favorite vegetable of the moment (which is really fortunate since it's in season :P ) and I am always looking for variations on the traditional maple syrup glaze. This looks great!

VeggieGirl said...

Looks SENSATIONAL!!

Beth said...

This sounds great. Ineed to build up my repetoire of sides

diva said...

i definitely do love harissa. harissa on lamb is beautiful. roasted squash is just fabulous. this whole plate of food i'm in love with!

Sylvie said...

Mmmhhh, sweet and spicy a great flavour cobination.

pigpigscorner said...

Simple and nice. Looks really delicious!

Sara said...

I love harissa - I marinated some tri tip in it not that long ago. The type I bought is not all the spicy, but it sure is delicious.

Kevin said...

Rita: I got the harissa at a small import specialty shop.

Cinnamonda said...

The squash looks very delicious! I will keep this recipe in mind.

Greetings,
Tiina

HoneyB said...

Looks great Kevin!

Manggy said...

Yeah, I don't think anyone can top your sides collection at this point! I love the spicy aspect of this! :)

Manger La Ville said...

MMM...this looks so good. The combination of sweet and spicy is awesome. I can't wait to try it.

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Harissa is such a great all-purpose pepper paste. Try some in unexpected places, like beef stew or marinara sauce!

Jaime said...

the color is so vibrant in that picture! i have not had harissa before but this whole meal looks great

Grace said...

perfect side dish! squash isn't worth eating unless it's roasted, and i think your addition of harissa is brilliant.

Pam said...

I can't find Harissa around here, guess I'm going to have to order it over the net.

Debbie said...

This sounds so good, another side I'd like to give a try. I haven't made the onion Gratin side dish you made yet for one reason, I can't for the life of me find Gruyere cheese. I'm sure it's right in front of me in the cheese isle, but this is the 3rd time I've made an attempt to find it, If I can Fontina and Goat I should be able to find Gruyere. Any suggestions for a cheese I can improvise and it come out just as good?

Debbie said...

Sorry, I noticed everyone is having trouble finding Harissa, if you have a local Whole Foods Market by your house they carry it.

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said...

That reminds me, I should definitely use Harissa more often. I like the sound of this dish a lot!

Sweet Bird said...

I've been wanting to try harissa - this sounds good!

Jennifer said...

I have never had Harissa... I love this idea with the squash, however!

The Duo Dishes said...

Sweet and spicy. Great flavors together!

lisaiscooking said...

Harissa sounds perfect with squash! Looks delish.

Jan said...

I have never seen harissa, but it sounds good.

Sara said...

what a great recipe, thanks for sharing!

Mrs Erg├╝l said...

I have seen quite a bit of recipes using harissa. too bad it is likely not available here....

Kevin said...

Debbie: Parmigiano reggiano should be just as good.

Jeanne said...

Roasted squash is one of my favourites... Never thought to try it with harissa, but now you say it, it makes perfect sense - sweet & spice. Yum!

TBC said...

I like the sound of this one. I've been meaning to make Harissa for a long time now. The pic looks very inviting!

ana dane said...

have you ever tried making your own harissa? it seems like a bit of a pain, but it's really worth it. i've done a simple one (basically, just rehydrated dried red chiles, garlic and oil) but i've been wanting to make the one in this month's saveur:
http://www.saveur.com/article/Food/Harissa

Kevin said...

ana dane: I have not tried making my own harissa yet though it is on my to try list. Thanks for the link!

Michelle said...

Heh, I'm glad I'm not the only one stuck on pumpkin. Pumpkin soup, pumpkin casserole, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin whatsits, etc. It really can't be helped because pumpkin is so good in the first place and this recipe looks damn fine.

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