I wanted to make this dish because it was so pretty! 🙂
I am obsessed with Harissa- and this recipe has an amazing homemade version. This fabulous Moroccan spice paste is then mixed into an Israeli couscous-based warm salad with roasted potatoes and vegetables. Wow. It lived up to its photo in the magazine- really lovely! The leftover Harissa was fabulous over the pork slices. This delicious recipe was adapted from Martha Stewart Living.
I’m bringing this dish to share at Fiesta Friday #73, co-hosted by Michelle @ Giraffes Can Bake and Juju @ Cooking With Aunt Juju. Join the party & check out their wonderful blogs as well!! Enjoy 🙂
Yield: Serves 6
For the Harissa Paste:
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1 small clove garlic
- 1/4 teaspoon chili paste (I used chili powder)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/4 teaspoon caraway seeds, ground
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika (pimenton)
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
For the Couscous:
- 1 3/4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 2 cups Israeli couscous
- Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
For the Roasted Vegetables:
- 1 pound fingerling potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 bunch small carrots, preferably heirloom in a mix of colors, scrubbed or peeled and trimmed
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- coarse salt
For the Pork:
- 2 pork tenderloins (2 1/4 pounds total)
- Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1 tablespoon canola or safflower oil
For the Warm Salad:
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 onion, thinly sliced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- coarse salt
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 tablespoon fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup Harissa Paste, plus more for serving
Make the Harissa Paste:
- Roast the red pepper over the flame of a gas burner, turning with tongs, until blackened and blistered. (Or roast under broiler, turning as needed.) Transfer to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let stand 15 minutes. Rub off skin with paper towels, then remove and discard ribs and seeds.
- Puree pepper with garlic, chili paste, spices, oil, and lemon juice in a blender until smooth. (I used a Vitamix.) Season with salt and pepper.
Make the Couscous:
- Bring broth and 3/4 cup water to a boil in a medium pot. Add couscous and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until liquid is absorbed and couscous is al dente, about 8 minutes more.
- Remove from heat, drizzle with olive oil, and toss to coat.
- Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet, spread in an even layer, and let cool, 10 minutes.
Make the Roasted Vegetables:
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees (on convection roast, if possible).
- On another rimmed baking sheet, toss potatoes and carrots with olive oil; season with salt.
- Spread in a single layer and roast, tossing halfway through, until tender, about 20 minutes for the potatoes and up to 30 minutes for the carrots. Let cool completely on baking sheet.
Cook the Pork:
- Raise oven heat to 425 degrees (on convection roast, if possible).
- Season pork all over with salt and pepper. Heat a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high. Swirl in canola oil to coat. Add pork and brown on all sides, turning as needed, about 6 to 12 minutes total.
- Transfer skillet to oven and roast until a thermometer inserted in middles registers 140 degrees, about 11 minutes. (I used my oven probe.)
- Transfer to a cutting board; let rest 15 minutes before cutting into 1/2-inch slices.
Make the Warm Salad:
- Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large saute pan over medium. (I used the same pan the pork was cooked in after removing the meat to rest after cooking.)
- Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until just starting to soften, about 2 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until soft, about 2 minutes. Season with salt.
- Transfer to a large bowl, add tomatoes and herbs, and toss to combine.
- Add prepared couscous, roasted vegetables, and harissa paste to the salad; toss to combine. Season with salt.
- Arrange couscous mixture on a large platter and top with pork. Serve, with extra harissa on the side.
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It’s a really beautiful dish and sounds so good. Harissa is delicious I want to try making it because I am a wimp when it comes to heat. The cous cous with the potato and vegetables sounds wonderful with the pork.
This homemade harissa recipe was really amazing. (& easy!!) Thank you for your kind words, Suzanne. 🙂
Your whole meal looks and sounds so good Josette. I think of this kind of food in the cooler months but your pictures just says “make me now” you will not be disappointed. I love pork tenderloin and your harissa paste must give it some great flavor. Thanks for sharing this wonderful dinner with Angie and Fiesta Friday 🙂
Thank you, Judy! I think that it’s almost a year round dish! The warm salad with its lovely colors made it a springy dish for me. 🙂 Thanks for hosting this week!
Ahhh this looks so very tasty! 🙂
Thank you, Ronit. So tasty!! 🙂
Wow! This looks amazing! What a feast, Josette 🙂
Yes! Millionaire’s shortbread would have been a tasty finish! 🙂
Wow this is one gorgeous dish! I love the warm salad bed, yum!! Homemade Harissa sounds awesome too
I need to try this for sure!
Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Fiesta Friday
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Josette I missed much of Fiesta Friday last week but am so glad that they are featuring your dish this recipe so I didn’t miss this beautiful tenderloin. It looks just amazing, and I’ve never used harissa before but I’m going to! Beautiful plating too!
I keep coming late to the party…. this week will be no exception! I always have some excuse- this week was my kids last week of school! 😉
Thanks so much for your lovely comment, Julie! The harissa in this dish was AMAZING!
I’ve only make a short visit to the party and hope to catch up. I think it’s called life happens right? Enjoy the kiddos!
This looks fantastic! I love pork tenderloin so much. I found you at Fiesta Friday.
Thank you so much. 🙂 Yay for Fiesta Friday!