January 29, 2016
One night in Morocco"
I didn’t win the lottery…but I did learn how to make a traditional moroccan tajine! I am fortunate enough to have a best friend who is from Morocco and a flair for cooking…along with dramatics but seriously, my girlfriend Fatine lost a bet…she will never admit it because she is always right, but I am glad she lost this bet…I reaped the benefits of her cooking me a fabulous traditional Moroccan dish: Tajine de Poulet aux Carottes (french for Chicken and carrot tajine) Not only is she an amazing story teller, but she is an amazing cook and the smells in my kitchen are unreal! I look forward to replicating this dish and I hope you will try it out for yourself too!
Shopping List: Depending on how many guests…we had two, but wanted plenty of leftovers
- 4 Chicken thighs and legs, bone-in, skin on
- 2 white onions diced
- 5 garlic cloves, minced
- Bushel of fresh parsley
- Bushel of fresh cilantro
- 4 organic bushels of carrots with gorgeous greens attached – makes all the difference, promise!
- Small green olives to taste
- 2 meyer lemons
- Olive oil and vegetable oil
- Spices: ginger – 2 generous tablespoons ground and dry, Turmeric – 1/5 tablespoon, Salt and pepper to taste
Prep all your ingredients and heat up a large pot on medium high heat. Add both olive oil and vegetable oil equal parts and sweat your onions and garlic with salt. Add your cleaned chicken (I like to wash under cool water and trim extra fat) into the pot one at a time and add the ginger and turmeric, browning your chicken skin. Once all the chicken is brown, add enough water to submerge the chicken with the onions and bring to boil. Cover, and let simmer for 30 minutes. Remove lid, add carrots (and any other veggies you want to add) add the sliced lemons and olives and turn up heat for the sauce to reduce, about another 10-15 minutes…until you have a rich flavorful sauce.
Plating: According to the expert, Take your tajine and place all of the meat in the center, then cover with veggies and then pour the remaining sauce over the entire tajine and squeeze half a lemon over the existing tajine and serve with toasted french bread. Yummmmm!! This is for a family style plating and boy will you impress everyone! I know I will!! Enjoy!