It’s a very seasonal French Fridays with Dorie (at least for those of us in snowy Toronto today!) – a tagine is the ultimate comfort food. This version from Dorie combines a spice blend that’s reminiscent of Morocco, yet Dorie says: “I don’t think there’s very much that’s authentic in this recipe, which was given to me by a friend-of-a friend in France, Francoise Maloberti, but never mind — the pleasure you’ll get from it is plenty authentic.”
Sometimes spelled tajine, the word refers to both the finished dish as well as to the earthenware/ clay pot in which it’s cooked. The pots are gorgeous (and believe me, we eyed them in both Morocco and Tunisia years ago!) but impractical to carry in one’s luggage and the decent ones here are quite expensive so, thankfully, to make a tagine, you don’t need one – a Dutch oven or high-sided skillet will do the trick nicely!
Dorie calls the fragrance from the spices as the dish cooks “dizzying – wonderfully, delightfully and intoxicatingly so” and I have to say I agree. This was cooked slowly over the course of a chilly Sunday afternoon as I pottered about the kitchen – it’s a pretty hands-off dish (the best kind!). Perfect cold weather fare and looking out the window this morning at the piles of snow outside, it makes me wish there were still leftovers!
Get the recipe for Dorie’s Lamb and Dried Apricot Tagine here or on page 284 of Around my French Table.
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