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While shopping at the World Market, I came across a display for tagines, along with a Moroccan cookbook called Tagine, spicy stews from Morocco. I’ve always been interested in cooking Moroccan food, with its bold sexy spices, and I loved the idea of doing it in an authentic tagine. The price was right, so I bought it, and off I went.
Once I got home and did a little more research, I discovered that the tagine I bought is more of a decorative serving piece. A tagine should have the ability to be put on top of the stove to brown meats and vegetables, and this one advises that it only be used in the oven. Another downside is it does not have a little cone or bulb on top, which, as you will see in the video, makes it a little difficult to take the top off when it’s hot. But it did do a good job of cooking this particular recipe, after I made the sauce in another pan and poured it over … I love the way it cooked this dish, Tagine of Spicy Kefta Meatballs and Vegetables, with minimal liquid, steaming in it’s own juice and everything cooked perfectly with the meatballs being very tender and flavorful. I think I’ll get another one that is meant to be used on top of the stove. One pan meals, should after all, only use one pan.
This is so flavorful and the vegetables are cooked perfectly.
Heat oven to 350º F.
In a saute pan, add the oil and butter, when hot, add the onions. Sauté until they are slightly browned ; add the garlic and chili. Sauté a few minutes more. Add the cinnamon stick and additional spices; sauté 1 minute then add the raisins, carrots, cauliflower, beef broth, tomatoes, cilantro and mint. Bring to a simmer. Turn off heat and set-aside.
If using a tagine, layer the meatballs on the bottom then pour the vegetable mixture over; cover with the cone and place in the oven. If not using a tagine, you can use any heavy pot with a good fitting lid. You may have to add a bit more liquid.
Place in the oven for 40 to 45 minutes; open and put the spinach on top along with the sliced lemon; close and cook 5 minutes more
Remove from oven, stir gently and add the pine nuts. Serve over couscous or basmati rice.
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