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    Beef and Prune Tagine

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    2 hrs 20 mins

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    2 hrs

    Sackville's Note:

    We had this quite often during our trips to Morocco. The actual recipe is one I adapted after we came home but I think it's pretty close to what you'd get in Morocco if you went there on holiday. Serve with rice or couscous.

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    1. 1
      Put the butter and oil in a large saucepan.
    2. 2
      When the butter is melted, put in the spices, coriander and onion.
    3. 3
      Let fry for 30 seconds, then add the beef and stir well to coat.
    4. 4
      Cover the meat with a cup of water and the saffron mixture.
    5. 5
      The water should be just over halfway up the meat.
    6. 6
      Bring to the boil and then lower to a gentle simmer.
    7. 7
      Add half the prunes and cook for 1-1/2 hours until the meat becomes tender and juicy.
    8. 8
      Keep the pot mostly covered during this time -- the only time I lift the cover is for a few seconds if the heat builds too much and it starts to boil. You need to keep this dish at a very low simmer.
    9. 9
      Add remaining prunes along with the honey, salt and pepper.
    10. 10
      Simmer for another 30 minutes or until the meat is tender and the liquid has thickened and reduced.
    11. 11
      Serve with the sesame seeds and almonds on top.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on October 08, 2009


      Very good I loved the sweet and savory combination!! I started this on my stove cooking the meat and the onions and then transfered it to my tagine to slow cook. I loved the flavor and served with couscous was a nice change for dinner.

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    • on March 24, 2008


      We loved this. There is nothing I can add to what other reviewers have said, other than to say I baked mine in the oven at 300F for 1 1/2 hours, and the sauce was thick and delicious, and the meat tender.

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    • on December 11, 2006


      Agreed, 10 stars! And easy to make too! That said, if you have a limited palate, you won't like this dish. But if you have electic tastes, you must try this out. I made mine in a cast iron frying pot, added 1 teaspoon paprika, and substituted parsley for the coriander/cilantro (my wife doesn't like cilantro, but I suspect the dish would be even better with it.) I served it over Alton Brown's baked brown rice (I'll NEVER boil brown rice again!) It was great.

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    Nutritional Facts for Beef and Prune Tagine

    Serving Size: 1 (309 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 2

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 954.5
    Calories from Fat 391
    Total Fat 43.5 g
    Saturated Fat 15.1 g
    Cholesterol 99.0 mg
    Sodium 144.2 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 124.7 g
    Dietary Fiber 14.9 g
    Sugars 75.0 g
    Protein 29.6 g

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