Florets festooned in fiery spice.Gather Journal Harissa-Roasted Cauliflower
A ubiquitous presence in Tunisian households, harissa—a fiery red paste made from pounding chili peppers with caraway, coriander and garlic—is a worthy pantry occupant, no matter what country you call home. And cauliflower makes an ideal canvas for its uniquely complex spice; we generously massaged it across the ruffled florets, and let the oven’s heat help the flavor penetrate.
Preheat oven to 375°F. Place cauliflower in a shallow baking dish or pie plate. Pour stock into dish and scatter with thyme. Rub harissa over cauliflower (add a little olive oil to loosen if the harissa is pasty). Season with a little salt and cover with foil. Roast 1 hour.
Remove foil and drizzle with a little olive oil. Return to oven uncovered and roast until tender, about 20 minutes.
In a small saucepan, gently heat ¼ cup olive oil, olives, lemon zest, and juice until heated through. Serve alongside cauliflower.