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Tagine recipes: Help, please! December 16, 2009

Posted by ourfriendben in recipes.
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Silence Dogood here. My friend Delilah just gave me a lovely terracotta tagine for Christmas. It’s the biggest tagine I’ve ever seen, and yes, it’s glazed inside and out.

For those who don’t know, “tagine” is both the name of a variety of classic Moroccan dishes and the dish they’re cooked in, which has a pie-pan-like bottom and a cone that fits on top, so the juices evaporate, collect in the cone, and run back down into the dish as it cooks. The result is some of the most delicious-looking food I’ve ever seen, though alas, I’ve only ever seen it in photographs in cookbooks.

I hope that’s about to change. That’s why I’m turning to you all for help. I only have one Moroccan cookbook, and I’m a vegetarian. Needless to say, the number of vegetarian tagine recipes (classically made with lamb) are limited. So if you have a favorite vegetable tagine, please respond with the recipe! I have preserved lemons and harissa, along with an arsenal of other spices, so I’m good to go if you all will help me out.

One other question: My dear friend Huma assured me that I could cook in the tagine on one of the burners of my gas stove, which would be a godsend, given how big it is, and several other sources I’ve consulted agree. But Delilah insisted that it had to go in the oven. If you have experience with stovetop cooking in a tagine, please share it with me.

Many thanks for all your help! I’m eager to get started.

           ‘Til next time,