Long a spice blend used in North African, most notably Moroccan cuisine, harissa is becoming more commonly used in the United States and Europe. Harissa spice blend usually consists of various roasted chili peppers (indigenous to the region where it is made), toasted cumin seeds, coriander seeds, smoked paprika, chopped parsley, kosher salt and garlic. These spices are then ground, added to some olive oil and formed into a paste of the consistency needed.
For those who enjoy the sharp, robust, tangy flavor of a delicious English cheddar yet are looking for a bit more of a bite…we have just the cheese for you! By adding slivered flakes of harissa spice blend to this firm English cheddar the flavor has been "kicked up," surprising your palate with little bursts of heat. We think it is rather exciting!