Tuna Crostini w/Harissa and Shaved Parmesan

28 Mar

This crostini is one of my favorite things to eat because it’s so simple to make and always hits the spot. Growing up with a Tunisian father and a Chinese-Indonesian mother, I was no stranger to smothering my meals in hot sauce from some corner of the world.  For those of you who haven’t heard of Harissa, it’s an amazing chili paste with garlic and cumin that was made famous by my fellow North Africans.  Besides a plate of homemade couscous, Harissa compliments just about anything; but my personal favorite is spreading it on a slice of perfectly toasted bread with a little tuna, capers and shaved parmesan.  This dish is perfect for a light lunch or a late afternoon snack.

To make it you need…

– A few slices of good artisan bread (either Kalamata or a baguette)

– 1 can of tuna in olive oil (preferably Genova)


– A few lemon wedges


2 tsps of salt and pepper

– Shaved parmesan

– Pinch of dried herbs (such as basil or oregano) to top

While the bread is toasting, take a small bowl and mix the tuna, lemon juice and salt and pepper. Remove the toasted bread and spread a light layer of Harissa onto it.  Then top the bread with the tuna mixture, a few parmesan shavings, capers and sprinkle on the herbs.  There you go… a 5-minute meal with a spicy kick and endless amounts of flavor.

You can either make a full sandwich size version of this crostini for lunch (feel free to add arugula and tomato slices), or make a platter of bite sized versions to serve as hors d’oeuvres.

3 Responses to “Tuna Crostini w/Harissa and Shaved Parmesan”

  1. FeiLi April 8, 2011 at 1:27 pm #

    Alia, where can I get harissa in San Diego, besides your parents’ kitchen?

    • Moncef Jaziri April 11, 2011 at 9:56 pm #

      Fely, I think I will be getting some Harissa at this store in Clairemont Mesa soon I will get you some.


  2. Juliane April 11, 2011 at 3:20 pm #

    Yummy! This is right up my alley!

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