Eggplant and Harissa Sandwich

by Anna on December 6, 2010

in Homemade,Sandwich,Vegetarian,World Food

Hi guys, I’m back…for good this time. I hope…. I have to be honest with you…I was away because I had the blues…. There was nothing wrong with my life and still I felt pretty crappy. I don’t want to complain or put sad violin songs in the background. It was something physical, hormonal… yes being a woman has its downfalls…it’s not always fabulousness. But Now I took care of it and hopefully I’ll be okay. So I got my groove back and things are shiny again. I missed all of you a lot…really…A LOT. Some of you were really a darling and made me feel so good, I am really thankful for all of you. That’s the best part of blogging really. To meet those great women out there. Now let’s talk a bit about food, Oh…. I missed that…to blab endlessly about food. My hubby love harissa, he wants to spread harissa in almost everything. I only discover the goodness in using it because of him. But now I can’t be without it. And it’s not that easy to find. Usually you find Harissa paste, so I decide to take control and do my own. And wow…. what a difference, in this recipe the Harissa is chunky, garlicky, spicy it’s delicious. So flavorful I could eat it alone. You have to try it, trust me on that. The Sandwich was so amazing I was speechless. My head was spinning thinking of all the sandwich possibilities I could do with it, artichoke, chicken and if you don’t like goat cheese you can use ricotta or cream cheese, some mild cheese to balance the heat.

Homemade Harissa

  • 10 fresh red finger length chilies
  • 3 red bell peppers roasted
  • 1½ tsp coriander seeds
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp caraway seeds
  • 5 to 6 garlic cloves minced
  • ½ tsp flaked sea salt
  • 2 tsp tomato puree
  • 2½ tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp light olive oil


Place a fry pan over a medium heat. Char the chilies; turning them every few minutes until blackened all over (about 10 min). When it’s done transfer the chilies to a medium bowl and cover with film plastic to create steam, allow the chilies to sit for 5 to 10 minutes. The charred skin will loosen as the chilies cool. In a small fry pan, gently toast the coriander, cumin and caraway seeds for about 2 minutes, until fragrant. Peel away the skins from the chilies take half of the seeds off and Coarsely chop. Grind the seeds with a pestle and mortar to a fine powder. In another pestle and mortar pound the chilies, garlic, seeds and sea salt, making a fine paste. In the food processor pulse the roasted peppers, tomato puree, olive oil and the lemon juice. Now mix this with the chilies paste and allow the flavors to combine for at least one hour before use.

Eggplant and Harissa Sandwich

  • Crusty bread (Ciabatta or focaccia)
  • Goat cheese
  • Grilled eggplant


Cut the eggplant in 1 inch Slices, put then in a big bowl filled with salt and water for few minutes. Then drain the water and pat dry the eggplant. Brush the slices with olive oil and grill it until soft. Set aside to cool down a little. Put the bread in the oven getting it to crisp a bit. Spread the goat cheese on bread then spreads the Harissa arrange the eggplants on top of it and enjoy. Serve it with some mixed olives.

{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

Sarah December 29, 2010 at 8:58 PM

So glad you are feeling better. I hate when I get blue, no fun. I am so excited to find this. I really want to make harissa and your’s looks fabulous. I want to take a big bite of that sandwich right now. YUM!

Roby December 16, 2010 at 6:33 PM

Blues? Não senhora. Pôe um sorriso nota-de-25 no rosto e esquece isto!

Anna December 16, 2010 at 12:43 PM

Awwwww… Thank you so much Greg, lovely words.

sippitysup December 16, 2010 at 10:58 AM

Truly beautiful. I hope the beauty of this allows you to “snap out of it”! You’re a joy to read. GREG

Foodhism December 16, 2010 at 5:16 AM

I love harissa!
I can’t believe I avoided it for years. from some sort of reason it always seemed like something you can use to start a fire with.
but not only it’s not spicy it’s delicious and could be used as a wonderful spread, something to use to marinate meats.

P.S if you like Shaksuka a spoon full of Harissa will upgrade your dish and give it an exciting twist.


Sophie December 15, 2010 at 2:35 PM

Welcome back, dear Anna! I love these unique and well flavoured sandwiches!

I love home made harissa and; your recipe rocks!! What real great flavours in here!

Anna December 15, 2010 at 8:31 AM

Hi Denise, I know… but what kind of crapy design is that? LOL.

denise @ quickies on the dinner table December 14, 2010 at 9:24 AM

I love harissa and with eggplant, in that gorgeous hunk of bread – it’s almost too much of a really good thing!!

You’re not the only one with a seemingly good life who feels down yet can’t put a finger on why Ana – at least, I know, I feel the same way too, in fact quite a lot of late. Maybe it is all part of being a woman, or maybe we are just designed to not be too contented 😉

Cynthia at Coffee On The Patio December 14, 2010 at 7:49 AM

So glad you’re back. Recipe and photos fabulous as always. This looks like a holiday sandwich. I’ve never made Harissa. Looks like it would be great for a holiday appetizer as well.

As always thanks.
aka Cynthia at A Shimmy In My Spirit

Sommer @ A Spicy Perspective December 13, 2010 at 1:13 PM

Hey Anna, I’m glad you are back and feeling a little better!

Harissa is one of my favorite things! It just MADE this sandwich!

Your photos are just as lovely as ever!

Erica December 11, 2010 at 5:02 PM

Glad to see new recipes!!!! I just love your pictures and food,Anna! You are a great cook and your pictures make me drool all the time 🙂

Cherine December 10, 2010 at 9:30 AM

This sandwich is to die for… yummy!

Kristin @ delishliving December 10, 2010 at 8:39 AM

Glad you’re back – I must say, you are one of my favorites. You really do take such lovely photos and always have fun, creative ideas. I always want to try everything you post. This looks like yet another winner!

Anna December 10, 2010 at 8:10 AM

Hi Luy, nice to see you here. You should definitely try this one. It’s really delicious. Have a great weekend. 🙂

Tamy December 10, 2010 at 5:07 AM

Amiga, o já está no ar… depois passa lá!!!!

Tamy December 10, 2010 at 5:07 AM

Amiga, o já está no ar… depois passa lá!!!!


Alina December 10, 2010 at 4:58 AM

It’s just November, even though you don’t have all that snow and wind over there! And imagine how tough life is here in the North, with this gloomy weather and short days! 😉 glad you’re back! I’ve never heard of Harissa before, but all those spices and peppers sound wonderful!

Peggy December 10, 2010 at 3:17 AM

It’s so hard to find Harissa sometimes, I’d much rather just make it on my own! Your recipe sounds great! And this sandwich is definitely making me drool!

Luy December 9, 2010 at 10:11 PM

Delicia! I’m going to try to make it here 😉

Anna December 8, 2010 at 11:53 PM

Thanks Ursula, I’m not sure….some people say you can keep for up to a week, but Harissa here goes very fast, so I can’t tell if it gets bad. I ready that you can freeze it too.

ursula December 8, 2010 at 11:05 PM

Wow! Thise looks great!

How long do you think the harissa would last? I think it would be an excellent christmas present for my Dad!

Adelina December 8, 2010 at 4:25 PM

So nice to see you back. I can understand your fluctuations… after all we women just have lots of mood swings. What a beautiful presentation and creation. I am ready to dive in!

Juliana December 8, 2010 at 3:04 PM

Anna, first the pictures are awesome…the color of the sandwiches are just SO SO pretty and so appetizing…

Angela FRS December 8, 2010 at 8:48 AM

That looks fabulous–I will definitely do this. Hope you are feeling better.

Tamy December 8, 2010 at 4:45 AM

Que vergonha eu passei agora… tive que usar a ferramenta de tradução do google pq nao seu quase nada de inglês e agora sim eu pude saber que tinha algo de errado com você… esses hormônios são complicados né???? Mas olha, estou aqui longe de vc, mas saiba que vc tem uma amiga que pode “ouvir” seus desabafos e acredito que desabafar em português deva ser bem mais expressivo, não? Então é isso, agora vc está bem, mas se tiver algum problema estarei aqui, certo?


Tamy December 8, 2010 at 4:26 AM

Oi minha linda!!!!
O blog vai voltar ainda nesse mês de dezembro com um novo endereço… ando muito ocupada, com muito trabalho, por isso acabei deixando o blog de lado um pouquinho. Mas agora tenho funcionárias e consigo ter um pouco mais te tempo livre.
Aguardo sua visita no novo endereço. htt://



Tamy December 7, 2010 at 5:26 PM

Garota, adorei a idéia… sanduiche perfeito!!!!! beijos

torviewtoronto December 7, 2010 at 2:03 PM

yummy presentation looks wonderful

sensiblecooking December 7, 2010 at 11:39 AM

Welcome back. That hormonal thing is kicking on here too. But sandwich like this will defiantly brighten the day.

Trish December 6, 2010 at 11:04 PM

Glad you’re back. Yum! This sounds so flavorful. I love eggplant and anything with goat cheese is fabulous. Beautiful photos.

A Little Yumminess December 6, 2010 at 9:47 PM

Love the homemade harissa – what an awesome recipe. Great thing to have lying around for so many uses….

5 Star Foodie December 6, 2010 at 8:36 PM

What a delicious sandwich! Your homemade harissa sounds excellent and just terrific in combination with eggplant! Glad to see you back online!

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