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Morocco – Fragrant Beef, Date, Honey and Prune Tagine,Tender chunks of beef simmered in a fragrant & fruity broth

July 30, 2010 by admin  
Filed under Middle Eastern

Tender chunks of beef simmered in a fragrant & fruity broth enriched with honey – a traditional Moroccan tagine at it’s best! The meat becomes meltingly tender and the fruity & spicy smell transports you immediately to Morocco.


  • 3 lbs organic beef, trimmed of fat & cubed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lb onion, peeled & quartered
  • 4-6 garlic cloves, peeled & chopped finely
  • 1 lb carrot, peeled & cut into chunks
  • 9 ounces canned tomatoes
  • 4 ounces dates, pitted but kept whole
  • 6 ounces prunes, pitted but kept whole
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ½ pint beef stock
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 6 teaspoons ras el hanout spice mix (or 2 teaspoons cumin powder, 2 teaspoons coriander powder, 1 teaspoon ginger and 1 teaspoon turmeric)
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 ounces toasted sliced almonds
  • 2 tablespoons fresh coriander, chopped


  1. Par-boil the carrots in boiling water for about 3 -5 minutes.
  2. Preheat the electric Tagine or crock pot to High.
  3. Heat up half of the olive oil in a large frying pan and quickly brown the onion quarters over a fairly high heat until charred & coloured well. Tip them into the crock pot.
  4. Add the chopped garlic & par-boiled carrots to the onions in the crock pot.
  5. Make up ½ pint of stock with a beef stock cube. Add the honey to the the stock & ALL the dried spices. Tip the honey & spiced stock into the crock pot & mix well. Add the cinnamon stick.
  6. Add the tinned tomatoes, dates & prunes to the crock pot – mix well.
  7. Heat up the remaining olive oil and brown the beef cubes in small batches to sear & seal them. As you finish browning them, add the beef to the crock pot.
  8. When you have finished browning all the beef, give the whole mixture a good stir & season with salt & pepper.
  9. Cook on high for between 6 & 10 hours depending on your crock pot’s wattage & settings.
  10. Serve the beef tagine with fluffy couscous and garnish with the chopped fresh coriander & toasted flaked almonds. It also works well with rice too.


Product Features

  • Made of Burgundy clay, can be used directly on a gas flame or an electric or halogen hob without a diffuser, without any fear of cracking or breaking.
  • Oven, broiler, and microwave safe: Flame top pieces can go directly from a freezer or refrigerator, to a hot oven, to the table.
  • 3.7 Quart capacity is perfect for brazing, heat conduction and for slow, natural cooking- You won’t soon forget the delightful flavors, vegetables and fall-off-the-bone meats cooked in this Tagine.
  • Up to 30% lighter than many types of comparable metal cookware
  • Easy clean up: dishwasher safe

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