By French Tart on October 24, 2006
Photo by A Good Thing
Photo by A Good Thing
"Tender chunks of beef simmered in a fragrant & fruity broth enriched with honey - a traditional Moroccan tagine at it's best! I cook mine in a traditional tagine & an electric tagine; but I realise that not everyone has one, so I have also tested this out in my crock pot; it works REALLY well and is better when cooking larger quantities. The meat becomes meltingly tender and the fruity & spicy smell transports you immediately to Morocco........on a magic carpet maybe?? Yes, I am waxing lyrical I know - but this tagine is a real winner. It's not particularly seasonal, but I do think that the colder autumn & winter months are a good time to indulge in this North African comfort dish!"
Serving Size: 1 (397 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 6
"This was so delicious! My husband is Moroccan and loved it! I made some Moroccan bread (Recipe #260654 )to go with it and it was phenominal. I agree the aroma from the crockpot was making us hungry near the end! We couldn't wait to dig in! Thanks for sharing this recipe. I also used a chuck roast and came out very soft. Thanks for sharing!"
"Very good - the sweetness is controlled, which is a problem with some tagine recipes. I didn't have prunes/date, but raisins make a good substitute. I didn't use a crock pot, but doubled the beef broth & cooked on the stove for around 1 1/2 hours."
"Really great dish! I used a la creuset pot instead of a crock pot and it worked great."
"I made tried this after making French Tart's Moroccan chicken which was also excellent. These ingredients work great together. the flavor was delicious. The only complaint I have are the cooking instructions. The recipe says to cook in a crock pot on high for 6-10 hours. I do not have a crock pot so I have no idea what temperature is high. I cooked this in an oven at 275 and it was done in 2 hours. I cooked it at 400 for an additional 30 minutes to kill any bacteria. My carrots were soggy. Next time I will not boil them first."
"Truly delicious. I was short on time, had to get out the door, so I literally threw everything in, including frozen chicken stock , and hoped for the best. I was great. THanks for sharing this, French Tart."
"What an awesome tagine/stew. Wonderful spicy sweet flavors, incredible aromas! Made it as written, except I was in a hurry so instead of par-boiling carrots and charring onions, I just dumped everything in the crock and went on my way. Returned to a fabulous dinner! Thank you, French Tart, for sharing!"
"Wax away! This was beautiful for my tongue. The dates and honey have such a nice smooth sweetness that is not at all overpowering. The meat was melting in our mouths tender. I was rushed so I mostly took GIAD's advise and just threw everything in the pot without browning except the onions, which I did lightly char. I used a chuck roast trimmed & cubed for the beef, the spices listed individually (not the ras el hanout), and a 14oz can of fire roasted diced tomatoes. Morocco is definitely a place I want to visit after making this dish."
"This was just spectacular!!!! I made it on the stove top and it took about 3 1/2 hours to get very tender. I used a chuck roast for the meat. The complex flavors of the sauce is unbelievable!!! Make sure you serve it with something to sop up the gravy!"
"This dish is sooo good.So easy to make in the crock pot.I started the meat last night in the crock pot..Love the smell of all the seasoning in my kitchen.I will serve this with Couscous and Moroccon cucumber salad."
"Spectacular dish! I made this in a Dutch Oven and it turned out great. The prunes and dates were really good here.They melt down into a luxurious sauce with the other spices to coat the beef. Served with a plain version of Recipe #326538. Thanks, French Tart. [Made for Zaar Cookbook Tag]"
"Tasty tasty very very tasty"
"Yummy really liked this dish....."
"Wonderful tagine! I cooked it on low for 5 hours because my crockpot runs really hot. Used Recipe #262189 for the ras el hanout and threw in a 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes. Thanks for a keeper!"
"This was fantastic. I served it with couscous and cumin flatbread Recipe #428681. I used medjool dates and they grew huge and tasted amazing mashed up and eaten with a fork-full of beef. A zinfandel wine was the perfect accompaniment. I also used 6 tsp of the Ras El Hanout - MoroccanSpice Mix Recipe #262189 in place of the spices here. Delicious!"
"Everything about this tagine is wonderful. It smells heavenly and tastes divine, and it is authentic. I followed the ingredients exactly, using Recipe #262189 (which has about 12 spices). My only change, simply because I don't own a slow cooker or a tagine, was to cook in a slow oven (100-degrees C) for just over six hours. Served with Recipe #428627. Thanks so much for posting."
"Wow! What a wonderful dish! I had to prepare a bit of it the night before, but it was worth it! We cook a bit with the crock pot in the sunmmer since we don't have ac. I used the entire can of tomatoes and just dumped all of the liquid in with it. I also used london broil only becuase it was on sale. I cooked it on low since I usually set it and go to work, so it cooked for about 10 hours on low. The meat was just a little dry but it was very tender. I may decide not to cut it into cubes next time just because it was cooking for so long. Hubby requested that I make this again, so it's on the rotation. Thanks for posting! Made for ZWT6, Redhot Renegades."
"This morning, when I set out to make this recipe, I had second thoughts as it was such a scorcher of a day, but then I thought that it's probably hotter in Morocco - and people there eat tajines all the time...so I set to. Got all the browning out of the way, (vital for good crockpot cookery, imo) and set the crockpot to work outside. Many hours later (nearly 7 to be precise) I opened the lid to discover the most amazing fragrance. Lovely! I added a few dried apricots simply because I had them. Complex sauce, assertively spiced, meltingly-tender beef, generally speaking, a winner of a recipe. Served over Recipe #428627 for a real Moroccan feast. Thanks."
"FANTASTIC as can be! This REALLY is a TERRIFIC recipe! Couldn't help myself, by putting in a couple of dried apricots, TRUE! And a sprinkle of sultanas as I said to myself, "This will do!" Served it with saffron rice! This is amazingly VERY nice! THANKS!"
"My son and I made this while he was visiting. I halved the recipe since DH won't try anything, "different"! I forgot the cinnamon stick and substituted goji berries for the prunes which I didn't have in the pantry. We cooked this in my son's clay tagine and wow the smells! Served it over couscous and yes I think we were transported to Morocco! Thanks."
"Smells AMAZING when cooking, and tastes fabulous. I forgot to brown the meat and will definitely do so next time in the future; I also was worried of drying out the beef with it on high for 10 hours so I had it on low for the same amount of time in my crock pot. Served this with a salad and couscous with mint and chopped dates. This is lovely, thank you so much for sharing!"