Harissa and Goat Cheese Rugelach
Harissa and Goat Cheese Rugelach. Courtesy of Veronica Sage McAvoy/The Countryman Press
Harissa is a classic North African pepper condiment with a pesto like consistency that spreads easily. Although it is not difficult to make a homemade version of harissa, it has become pretty easy to find at the supermarket (different brands vary in spiciness; try a few to see what you like). Topped with creamy goat cheese to balance the heat, this rugelach is a perfect match between Ashkenazi pastries and Middle Eastern flavors.