While Christmas shopping this year, I asked the male staff at Sur Le Table, if there was one thing they could leave the store with, what would it be? The answer: a tagine pot. This pyramid shaped cooking vessel originated in Northern Africa, and it was first used by nomads to enjoy meat, dried fruits and spices over the fire.
While I am familiar with the benefits of cooking with the Dutch oven, we had yet to experience the benefits of cooking with this pot for the most flavorful lamb and fish recipes. If you Google recipes for fish tagine you will find a number of mouth-watering Middle Eastern flavor combinations influenced by Moroccan and Greek ingredients. We discovered that Tagine was the name of the pot and the meal itself. We made the rookie mistake of choosing a "tagine" recipe that doesn't actually use a tagine pot to cook the fish. Therefore, our instructions were a bit vague, and we ended up playing everything by ear. The cooking times had to be estimated, and we didn't have enough space in our sauce pan for the tomatoes and onions the recipe called for. Maybe if you were cooking this recipe in a large Dutch oven over the stove, it would be possible, but the recipe was not specific at all about what cookware to use.
This recipe from BBC can easily serve 6-8 people which makes it a fun dish to enjoy at a dinner party or with your family. The marinade combines a lot of ethnic spices, and it gives off a unique taste.
Tip: Allow enough time for the vegetables to simmer in the oven and cook at a low temperature for the optimal flavor.
The best part about using this pot is that as the triangle shape clay pot heats up in the oven, the flavors get to play together, and you can throw in your favorite veggies like olives, tomatoes, and onions mixed with the best spices to add the most flavor possible to a variety of meats.
PS. Please share any recipes you have tried with your Tagine!
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