Black Olives With Harissa

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1) In a colander rinse under cold water 1 minute and in a large bowl cover with cold water. Soak 4 hours to remove excess salt and drain well.

Make harissa: 2) In a mortar with a pestle, an electric spice grinder, or a cleaned coffee grinder grind seeds fine. If using mortar and pestle, add chilies, garlic, and salt and pound to taste. If using a spice or coffee grinder, transfer seeds to a small food processor and add chilies, garlic, and salt. Grind mixture to a paste. Add pepper and oil and pound or purée to a coarse paste.

3) In a large bowl stir together harissa and and marinate, covered and chilled, at least 6 hours or overnight. may be prepared 1 week ahead and kept chilled, covered.

4) Serve at room temperature.

Using a long-handled fork, Char peppers over an open flame or on a rack set over an electric burner, turning, until skins are blackened, 4 to 6 minutes. (Or to broil peppers on rack of a broiler pan under a preheated broiler about 2 inches from heat, turning every 5 minutes, 15 to 20 minutes, or until skins are blistered and charred.) Transfer peppers to a bowl and let stand, covered, until cool enough to handle. Keeping peppers whole, peel them, starting at blossom end. Cut off pepper tops and discard seeds and ribs.