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
- 4 cups squash (cut into bite sized pieces)
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 tablespoon harissa
- Toss the squash in the oil and harissa to coat.
- Roast the squash in a preheated 400F/200C oven until tender, about 30 minutes turning in the middle.
Harissa is all over the place right now. A nice and simple preparation, I like it.
Wow, thanks for sharing! I’ve never tried Harissa before!
meet me at mikes - crafty! says
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!
Yum, roasted squash .. I have never tried Harissa, will have to pick some up.
Love harissa very much. Delicious.
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?
Sounds like a perfect side dish. I love squash.
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.
Delicious !! drooling and you torture me
Rosa's Yummy Yums says
Wonderful! A great idea!
Love this Kevin as all your recipes!!! Gloria
Winter squash is my favorite vegetable of the moment (which is really fortunate since it’s in season 😛 ) and I am always looking for variations on the traditional maple syrup glaze. This looks great!
This sounds great. Ineed to build up my repetoire of sides
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!
Mmmhhh, sweet and spicy a great flavour cobination.
Simple and nice. Looks really delicious!
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.
Rita: I got the harissa at a small import specialty shop.
The squash looks very delicious! I will keep this recipe in mind.
Looks great Kevin!
Yeah, I don’t think anyone can top your sides collection at this point! I love the spicy aspect of this! 🙂
Manger La Ville says
MMM…this looks so good. The combination of sweet and spicy is awesome. I can’t wait to try it.
Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) says
Harissa is such a great all-purpose pepper paste. Try some in unexpected places, like beef stew or marinara sauce!
the color is so vibrant in that picture! i have not had harissa before but this whole meal looks great
perfect side dish! squash isn’t worth eating unless it’s roasted, and i think your addition of harissa is brilliant.
I can’t find Harissa around here, guess I’m going to have to order it over the net.
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?
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 says
That reminds me, I should definitely use Harissa more often. I like the sound of this dish a lot!
Sweet Bird says
I’ve been wanting to try harissa – this sounds good!
I have never had Harissa… I love this idea with the squash, however!
The Duo Dishes says
Sweet and spicy. Great flavors together!
Harissa sounds perfect with squash! Looks delish.
I have never seen harissa, but it sounds good.
what a great recipe, thanks for sharing!
Mrs Ergül says
I have seen quite a bit of recipes using harissa. too bad it is likely not available here….
Debbie: Parmigiano reggiano should be just as good.
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!
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 says
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:
ana dane: I have not tried making my own harissa yet though it is on my to try list. Thanks for the link!
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.