One of the Story PR team has recently got back from a weekend away in Marrakech.
Spending nights in the busy Medina, eating bowlfuls of olives and drinking (far too much) fresh orange juice has left us dreaming of the Moroccan sunshine. Inspired by the delicious food from the market stalls, here is our favorite recipe from Belazu that has helped us to recreate a deliciously authentic beef tagine at home.
600kg stewing beef (cut into 3cm chunks)
2 tbsp olive oil
2 medium onions, peeled and thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
½ tsp saffron, soaked in a small amount of warm water
200ml beef stock
1 cinnamon stick
2 Belazu Preserved Lemons (pulp discarded), skin finely chopped
100g dried apricots
Salt and pepper, to taste
Handful fresh coriander, chopped
Handful flaked almonds or pistachios
1. In a bowl, mix the chunks of stewing beef with the Belazu Tomato and Smoked Paprika Paste, set aside to marinate for an hour, or as long as possible – overnight if you have time.
2. Drizzle the olive oil in the pan and fry the onions in a frying pan on a medium heat until golden, add the garlic and fry for a further 2 minutes. Remove the onions and garlic from the pan and fry the stewing beef for a few minutes, just until brown all over.
3. Turn the heat down to the lowest possible setting. Take your casserole dish with a tight fitting lid (or tagine, if you have one) and put the sliced onions and garlic in the bottom. Sit your beef on top of the onion mix. Add your saffron (with water), beef stock and cinnamon stick to the pan. Bring to the boil and then turn down to a very gentle simmer for 1.5 hours.
4. After 1.5 hours, add your chopped preserved lemon skin and apricots to the pan and stir to ensure they are covered with the liquid as much as possible. Simmer for a further ½ an hour.
5. Taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper if required. Serve the beef tagine over a bed of couscous, sprinkling some of the chopped coriander and flaked almonds or pistachios over the top of each portion.