Saturday, November 22, 2008

Harissa marinated tri tip with roasted vegetables

Who doesn't love a good one dish meal? This one happens to be relatively healthy too! I started with a trip tip roast, which was about 1 1/2 pounds. You could use a different cut of beef if you prefer. I marinated the tri tip in harissa sauce for about 2 hours. Harissa is a North African red sauce made with peppers and spices. I bought mine, but you could also make your own. The brand I use is pretty mild, so I used a liberal amount, but oftentimes harissa is very spicy, so use your judgement. I lined a half sheet pan with foil for easy clean up and coated it with cooking spray. Next, I took a pint of cherry tomatoes, halved white mushrooms and chunks of orange cauliflower and spread them out on the pan in a single layer. I seasoned the vegetables with olive oil, salt and pepper, then placed the tri tip in the center of the pan.

I seasoned the trip tip with salt and pepper, placed the pan in a 450 degree oven, and kept a close watch on my meat thermometer. I roasted everything until the meat thermometer registered 130 degrees (medium) and the vegetables were tender and browned, about 30 minutes. After the roast rested for a few minutes, I cut it into thin slices and served the vegetables on the side.


This recipe can be adapted in so many ways to fit your tastes. You can pretty much use any combination of vegetables - zucchini, onion wedges, eggplant and peppers would be good. You could also toss in some potatoes or winter squash cut into small cubes (make sure they're small enough to get cooked through in a short period of time). Don't like harissa or can't find it? You can coat the meat in an herb paste, or use your favorite meat marinade.

16 comments:

Maria said...

Roasted veggies are the best!! I love them!

Mary said...

Sara, what a lovely blog. Thank you for stopping by at mine.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I'm hungry! Wow, I love that dish!

Cheers,

Rosa

Debbie said...

looks yummy!

Yasmeen said...

Spicy Harissa is so good on meat,looks delicious:)

Grace said...

i've contemplated making my own harissa because i know it's something i'd love. perhaps your post here is my sign that it's time. :)

Cakebrain said...

Mmm. Looks delicious! I don't know if I can find Harissa anywhere other than in a restaurant. I'll have to look around!

jesse said...

Wow, I don't think I've ever had harissa before, but that looks YUMMY!

Lisa said...

This looks great. I will have to look for Harissa at my grocery store. I have never bought it before.

Pam said...

I love roasted veggies and the tri tip looks amazing. Excellent recipe.

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Harissa gives such a lovely color! Looks delicious!

alexandra's kitchen said...

That looks beautifully cooked. Yes, who doesn't love a one-dish meal. My hatred for doing dishes has been particularly high recently. I'm dying, too, to cook with harissa. Sounds like a great recipe!

Karin said...

Here's something for you. Bye and greetings from Sweden..

Allie said...

I will have to look for Harissa at the store it gives it great color!

Ana Powell said...

Lovely recipe.
Just love harissa.

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priscilla said...

yummy, this look so delicious! perfect dinner!