Harissa tofu! Where have you been all my life?
My god, this Harissa sauce is addictive. It is so uniquely flavored and incredible, it is hard to describe. Roasted red peppers are the base of this spicy and perfect sauce. Cumin, coriander and caraway make is fragrant and so damn delicious. It goes with tofu like peanut butter goes with jelly. However, this Harissa sauce is so insanely amazing it would be great on anything. Chickpeas would rock, broccoli and cauliflower would be explosive, tempeh would be to die for.
Tofu is the way to go for me though. Now let’s talk about the very good decision to pair this Harissa tofu with pistachio couscous. I honestly can’t think of a better combination. The couscous is just lightly dressed in lemon juice, olive oil and salt and pepper. Then tossed with pistachios. The entire meal is so well balanced, I could not stop eating it.
I just kept walking by and taking a bite and then finding an excuse to walk back by to take another. Then my husband tasted it, and started doing the same until the entire meal was gone. I have no regrets. Also, if you are going to eat a lot of something, just tofu sauteed with a red pepper sauce is a pretty healthy thing to eat a lot of.
I want to talk a little more about the Harissa sauce. This is in no way completely authentic. I did quite a bit if research and came up with what I thought was the most delicious, easy and closely flavored and had the essential ingredients. I wanted to have ingredients that are easy to find and and reasonably cheap!
I am thrilled with the out come, I could put this Harissa on everything! This meal takes less than 30 minutes, just puree the sauce, saute the tofu and cook the couscous. That is it! I am a huge fan of Israeli couscous, and it only takes like 12 minutes to cook! BOOM! So amazing!
Vegan Harissa Tofu with Pistachio Couscous
- Start by cutting your tofu into cubes. Then lay them on a paper towel, sprinkle with salt and place another paper towel on top. Then something heavy on top and press the tofu while you make the Harissa.
- In a food processor, add the roasted red peppers, garlic, the 1/4 C. olive oil, cumin, coriander, caraway seeds, crushed red pepper flakes, agave and lemon juice. Use either 1/2 tsp of crushed red pepper flakes or 1 tsp. depending on how spicy you want it.
- Puree the sauce until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed. May take a minute or 2. Taste and add a pinch or two of salt, taste and adjust seasoning. Set aside.
- Now start the couscous, cook according to package instructions(my package had 1 1/3 cups, but just use as much as you have).
- Once the couscous is going, start the tofu. Heat the 1 Tbsp. of olive oil in a cast iron or non stick pan on medium high. Add the tofu, and brown the tofu on all sides, it will take a minute or 2 on each side.
- Once the tofu is brown and firm, add about half the harissa sauce to the pan with the tofu. Toss to coat, reduce heat to low. Add a bit more sauce a little at a time until it is as saucy as you want it(you don't have to use all of the sauce).
- Cook another minute or so, just to heat the sauce. Remove from heat.
- Once the couscous is done, add the olive oil, lemon juice, pistachios and a bit of salt and pepper. Taste and adjust seasoning. Serve immediately, add couscous to a bowl and top with tofu!