Top Rated Moroccan Recipes

From the blog: http://chatteringkitchen.com  Tagine: a dish which put Moroccan cuisine on the world culinary map. Quite literally, tagine is the name given to a deep earthenware pot with a large conical cover, similar to a top-hat. The essence of Moroccan cuisine is to let the meat slowly stew inside the tagine, infusing all the flavors while preventing them from escaping. For an authentic North African dinner, you can even serve in the tagine, once the meat is cooked. Defined by the process of slow simmering, Moroccan cuisine is full of spices, albeit not hot. In short, the flavors of the food is brought forth by the use of paprika powder, cayenne pepper, coriander powder and cumin powder. As soon as you lift the lid of the tagine, or your saucepan, the air will instantly be scented with the fragrance of the cooked spices.   No Moroccan meal can be complete without the inclusion of couscous. What steamed rice is to Thai food, couscous is to Moroccan cuisine. Just like its style of cooking, Moroccan cuisine has soaked in influences from Arab, Mediterranean, Moorish and Berber cooking and slowly simmered its way to creating its own identity. Credit for this authentic recipe goes to my sister, I had borrowed it from her years ago for my mother’s birthday dinner once. Today, 5 years on, I decided to give it another go.
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Moroccan Green Peas Soup
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Want a Moroccan twist on the classic mint julep? Morgan Schick of Jupiter Olympus in San Francisco created this minty-fresh julep using Anchor Distilling's Hirsch Small Batch Reserve, and a moroccan tea ice cube.
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Persian Meatballs Moroccan Style
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In this recipe, I used classic Persian ingredients with a Moroccan technique. http://www.tajoon.com/2011/10/meat-balls.html
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Roasted Moroccan Chichen
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Moroccan cuisine is known for including spices such as cinnamon and cumin and lots of dried fruits. This was my first foray into Moroccan cuisine and I instantly fell in love. Such different combinations than I usually cook with and it was truly delicious.    Recipe from the book Girl Hunter by Georgia Pellegrini. Excerpted by arrangement with Da Capo Lifelong, a member of the Perseus Books Group. Copyright 2011. 
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Moroccan Eggplant Salad
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Pastilla Filling
Moroccan food intrigues me with its exotic spices and happy melding of sweet and savory in unexpected places. My favorite dish in Morocco is the pastilla — a crunchy packet of long-simmered spiced poultry (often pigeon) and onions, eggs, and crunchy, sugared almonds. I was fortunate to have chef Hicham Hassan of the Sofitel Fès Palais Jamaï show me how to make pigeon pastilla during my stay in Fes. Though he was classically trained in French cuisine, chef Hassan tells me he learned to make the best Moroccan food from the ladies in his kitchen, who were kind enough to give me hands-on instruction in this specialty.
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Moroccan Casserole
This is one of my favorites because you simply marinate the meat overnight in the casserole, then put it into the oven and bake it for many hours at a low temperature. This gives you time to cook the couscous (which only takes five minutes) and prepare the mint sauce. We have mint-gone-wild all around our house, and this is a wonderful way to use it. The marinade contains harissa, a fiery hot sauce often used to flavor couscous, soups, stews, and other dishes. If you can’t find harissa, you can substitute Thai red or green curry paste, which isn’t exactly the same flavor, but adds heat and some layers of flavor. Adapted from "The Best Casserole Book Ever" by Beatrice Ojakangas. Click here to see Best Spring Lamb Recipes.
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Moroccan Chicken and Almonds
This easy chicken dish comes together in just minutes. If you're in the mood for a little exotic flair, then this recipe is the ticket. Slivered almonds, dried apricots, and cinnamon bring a distinct Moroccan flavor to an everyday staple. Click here to see 15 Easy Chicken Dinner Recipes.
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Persian Meatballs Moroccan Style
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In this recipe, I used classic Persian ingredients with a Moroccan technique. http://www.tajoon.com/2011/10/meat-balls.html
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Chicken and vegetables are combined with spices, couscous, and crunchy cereal for a healthy and satisfying meal. Click here to see 10 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Make with Cereal
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