Tasty Moroccan stews

The Moroccan slow cooker is a clay pot known as a Tajine. It is made of clay which is glazed. The base is flat and circular with low sides. A large cone sits on the base during cooking. The cone is designed to return the condensation to the bottom. When the food is cooked the base is taken to the table for serving.

Moroccan tajines are slow-cooked stews cooked at low temperatures for long hours. Tajine is also the name of the earthenware pot traditionally used to prepare the stew.

Most Moroccan tajines allow for the slow simmering of less-expensive cuts of lamb, fish, or chicken. It is an ideal way to use cuts of lamb neck, shoulder or shank. These will be cooked until the meat is falling off the bone and the juices are full of flavor.

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To the meat mixture the cook adds a medley of ingredients. Some favorites are almonds, apples, apricots, dates, honey, and lemons. The addition of spices like cinnamon, ginger or tumeric produces a tasty stew with an aroma as exciting as its taste. One famous spice blend, ras el hanout, is a complex mixture of about 20 to 27 spices.

Some famous tajine dishes are mqualli or mshermel that combine chicken, citrus fruits, and olives. Kefta (meatballs in an egg and tomato sauce) and mrouzia (a mixture of almonds, lamb, and raisins) are other tajines that Moroccans serve to family and friends.

While couscous is a popular side dish, many claim the best way to savor one of these Moroccan stews is to dip a slice of bread into the common trajin pot with others at your table. You'll experience Moroccan hospitality and cuisine at its best.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff