Lamb Tagine

Menu Part: 
Entree
Cuisine Type: 
Spanish
Serves: 
8

"Tagine" refers to slowly simmered meat, fish and vegetable Moroccan dishes that have both a sweet and savory flavor. It is also the name of the earthenware dish that these highly aromatic stews are prepared and served in.

Ingredients

2 tbsp. olive oil
4 lb. boneless lamb shoulder
2 large onions, chopped
2 cups water
1 cup tomato puree
2 tsp. salt
1⁄2 tsp. ground black pepper
1 tsp. ground ginger
1⁄2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1⁄2 tsp. ground turmeric
4 carrots, thickly sliced
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
8 oz. pitted dried plums (prunes)
8 oz. dried apricots
Steamed couscous
2 oz. toasted, sliced almonds

Steps

1. Heat oil in deep skillet; add lamb and brown on all sides.

2. Remove meat and sauté onions in drippings for 5 min.

3. Return meat to pot and stir in water, tomato puree, salt, pepper, ginger, cinnamon, and turmeric; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer 1_ hr.

4. Add carrots and sweet potatoes; cover and simmer 15 min, or until almost tender.

5. Stir in dried plums and apricots; cook 5 min. longer until vegetables and fruits
are tender.

6. Serve tagine with couscous, garnished with toasted almonds.

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