This is a classic Moroccan
dish, always served with couscous
The choice of ingredients seems quite surprising, what with apricot
all mixed together, but give it
a shot -- you might be surprised.
Lamb Tagine with Apricots
- Fry the onions and garlic in frying pan with olive oil until soft.
- Add the lamb and sear all over.
- Place the contents of the pan into Dutch oven or equivalent,
together with the stock and ginger. Cover and cook very slowly
for two hours.
- Extra credit: Strain out the lamb chunks, lay them out in
a single layer on an oven-proof pan, toast them for 10 minutes or so
in an oven at 175C. Place back into broth before serving.
- Add the apricots, sultanas, orange juice and zest, and spices.
Cook for another 30 minutes.
- Serve with couscous, preferably with some fresh chopped coriander
stirred into it.
Vary spices at will; some find the recipe too sweet or just too
"strange" as is, so reducing the amount of fruit or cinnamon may help.
Consider adding chopped chilis or harissa for a hot edge, or
do as the Moroccans do and add honey for an even sweeter taste.
Lemon juice is an adequate (and less sweet) substitute for the orange.
Replace apricots, orange and cinnamon with olives,
lemon and paprika for a different-tasting but
equally classic tagine.
While I've never seen apricots paired with anything other than
lamb during my travels in the Maghreb, in benighted sheepless
places like Finland where decent lamb costs $30/kilo you may be
forced to improvise. Beef should be OK, turkey works better
than you'd think. I also fully intend to become the first person
ever to try a reindeer tagine.
A variant of this recipe can be found under
Spiced Apricot Couscous, except that it's missing the
meat entirely and -- a bigger sin in my opinion -- it
asks you to simmer the couscous in stock, instead of
steaming it (which is the Right Thing to do).
Then again, it's certainly easier to prepare that way
if you're not fanatical about your food, so to each