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How to Turn Your Scraps into This Spicy Spread

Frank Guerriero

January 02, 2019


Photo: Keirnan Monaghan and Theo Vamvounakis

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: some of the most delicious flavors in your crisper drawer lie in the odds and ends that usually land in the trash. In true #WasteNot spirit, we’re taking a page from chef Levon Wallace and turning those scraps into a fresh, vibrant green-top harissa.

Wallace starts by reserving the leaves from a few bunches of beets, turnips, or other root vegetables. Then, he toasts up the classic components of a harissa spice mix and combines them in the blender with the green tops, a handful of chopped herb stems, and a couple of extra aromatics. The recipe is almost too easy to be true, and the result is a spicy, versatile condiment that works great as a marinade for chicken or pairs perfectly with a whole grilled fish. Get the recipe.

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Frank Guerriero is the media assistant at the Beard Foundation. Find him on Instagram.