Moroccan Harissa Roast Cauliflower

Bright and flavorful, this Moroccan-inspired roasted cauliflower with homemade harissa makes the perfect vegetarian option for your next celebration.
  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 25 min (includes steeping time)
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
  • Nutrition Info
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Ingredients

5 dried New Mexico chiles (about 1 ounce)

4 dried guajillo chiles (about 1 ounce) 

2 cups boiling water

1/4 teaspoon whole coriander seeds

1/4 teaspoon whole cumin seeds

2 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus more for roasting

3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped

Juice of 1/2 lemon (about 1 tablespoon)

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

1 large head cauliflower, cut into 2-inch florets (about 8 cups)

1/4 cup lightly packed fresh cilantro leaves

Directions

  1. Tear open the New Mexico and guajillo chiles and discard the seeds and stems. (You may leave the seeds in if you prefer a spicy harissa.) Tear the chiles into large pieces and place them in a medium bowl. Pour 2 cups boiling water over the chiles and let stand until softened, about 20 minutes.
  2. Put the coriander and cumin seeds in a small skillet and cook, swirling often, over medium heat, until the seeds are fragrant and lightly toasted, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer the spices to a blender and add the oil, garlic, lemon juice and 2 teaspoons kosher salt, then puree until smooth. Using tongs, add the chiles to the blender along with 1/2 cup of their soaking liquid (discard the rest) and puree until very smooth, about 2 minutes on high. Season the harissa with pepper and set aside.
  3. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  4. In a large bowl, toss the cauliflower with 3/4 cup of the harissa until each floret is evenly coated. Spread the cauliflower onto a rimmed baking sheet and drizzle with a little more vegetable oil. Roast, tossing halfway through, until the cauliflower is tender and the harissa has begun to caramelize, about 40 minutes.
  5. Transfer the cauliflower to a serving platter and sprinkle with the cilantro. Serve with the remaining 1/4 cup harissa on the side for dipping.

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