Moroccan Lamb Tagine
We traveled from Spain to Morocco a couple of years ago and I fell in love with the rich flavors and exotic spices used in cooking traditional Moroccan food. I’ve tried a few different recipes and even made up my own, but this recipe for Moroccan Lamb Tagine from allrecipes.com is one of the best Tagines I’ve made. It has a lot of ingredients, but after making the Ras El Hanoud, the traditional Moroccan spice blend, and marinating the meat overnight, the rest goes fairly quickly. If you don’t have time to marinate overnight, 30 minutes to an hour will do.
If you love cooking exotic fare, be sure to buy a traditional Tagine. The conical cover of the vessel allows the juices and flavors of the meat and vegetables to circulate and enhance the flavor of the dish. You’ll be tempted to open the top to peek, but don’t do it until at least halfway through the cooking time. I waited 1 1/2 hours before opening the top to check on it.
I’ve used store-bought Tagine Spice before, but take the time to make the spice blend yourself. The result is a complexity of flavors that only comes from making it from scratch.
I’m happy to report that of all the spices in the list, the only one that was not in my pantry was the Cardamom. Making this recipe also gave me the chance to clean out old jars of spices I’ve had for a bit too long. You should replace spices in your pantry after about 2 years.
To serve, bring the Tagine to the table. Your guests will love this exotic presentation, and your home will be filled with its fragrant aroma.