• Moroccan Lamb, Dates & Honey Tagine

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    Moroccan Lamb, Dates & Honey Tagine
    Prep: 15 min Cook: 120 min Servings: 5
    by John Spottiswood
    300 recipes
    This dish has a luscious mix of honey, cinnamon, lamb, dates and almonds. It is rich without being too heavy. It tastes fantastic with red wine. Old world food that will make you feel like a wealthy Sultan!


    • 2 lbs boneless lamb shoulder or leg in 1 1/2 inch chunks
    • 6 tbsp butter
    • Pinch saffron (powdered)
    • 1 cinnamon stick
    • 1 large onion, finely chopped
    • 1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
    • Salt to taste
    • 1/2 cup blanched almonds (whole or quartered)
    • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
    • 2 tbsp honey
    • 1/2 lb fresh dates, washed
    • 1 tbsp sesame seeds


    1. Put the meat in a pan with the butter, saffron, cinnamon stick, onion, black pepper and salt. Barely cover the meat with water, cover the pot, and bring to a boil. Turn down and simmer for 1-1 1/2 hours.
    2. While lamb is cooking, saute the almonds with a small amount of cooking oil. Then toast the sesame seeds in the same pan. Put both aside.
    3. Uncover lamb and add ground cinnamon and honey to the meat. Continue to cook for 20-30 minutes, covered if liquid is light, uncovered if liquid is heavy
    4. Remove the meat from pan and place it in the serving dish. Cover with lid or foil to keep it warm.
    5. Add the dates to the sauce and cook for 10 more minutes. Pour the dates over the meat and sprinkle the almonds and sesame seeds on top.

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    • Mihir Shah
      Mihir Shah
      Had this dish last night; very unique flavors - the lamb was really tender. The dates add a nice sweetness. Try this over some Couscous with some yogurt. AMAZING!
      • pescador
        Wonderful dish. I had this dish cooked for me over the weekend and it was smashing! The almonds and lamb go so well together and the the addition of cinnamon and dates really brings out the North African style and flavors of the dish. Wonderful entree and pairs great with a nice Syrah!
        • notmuchavacook
          Great one John - this is delicious!


          • Carol Teng
            Carol Teng
            I would love to try this, looks interesting!

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