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Moroccan Entrees

What's for dinner? Solve the dilemma with one of these flavor-filled main meal dishes.
Sweet Potato and Pomegranate Tagine

Sweet Potato and Pomegranate Tagine

Fennel and celery balance the richness of sweet potatoes in this dish, which is best served immediately as the sweet potato pieces may lose their shape if reheated.

Chickpea and Date Tagine

Chickpea and Date Tagine

North African tagines often combine sweet and savory foods to play off the spices used to season them.

Confetti Couscous

Confetti Couscous

This salad is perfect for a summer dinner, served over a bed of radicchio or watercress. Garnish the salad with sliced avocados and cherry tomatoesor dice a half cup of each and toss right in.

Tagine of Fava Beans, Green Beans and Artichoke Hearts

Tagine of Fava Beans, Green Beans and Artichoke Hearts

Every spring I make at least one dish containing fava beans. They are labor-intensive because in addition to shelling them, they must be peeled after cooking. Their unique flavor, however, warrants the extra work at least once in the season. You can substitute other shelled beans that do not have to be peeled, such as lima or cranberry beans. Farmers' markets are good hunting grounds for fresh beans. This recipe is a simplified version of a tagine, the Moroccan stew that is prepared in a couscoussiere, an ingenious double-boiler-type arrangement in which the tagine cooks in the lower vessel and the couscous sits above it to cook in the fragrant steam from the tagine.

Vegetable Tagine

Vegetable Tagine

Tagines are flavorful Moroccan stews loaded with cooked vegetables and signature spices like cumin, coriander and ginger. This version is a wonderful opportunity for vegetarians to experience international fare at its best. Serve over couscous for a true Moroccan meal.

Moroccan Stew

Moroccan Stew

The Berber spice mixture used in this recipe may be refrigerated in a sealed jar for up to two weeks or stored in the freezer for up to three months. It is excellent as a spice rub for grilled eggplant, zucchini, and tofu.

Couscous with Fruit

Couscous with Fruit

An adaptation of the Moroccan classic dish, this Americanized version melds sweet with savory and just a tinge of heat. Part of its charm lies with its handsome presentation, which shows off its many textures and colors. Feel free to make your own adaptations using golden raisins instead of black ones, and summer squash, fava beans, or trimmed green beans for the zucchini and chickpeas. This meal-in-one calls for accompaniments of toasted pita triangles and a spicy hot or chilled tea, plus something exotic for dessert, such as a wedge of baklava or a dish of rose-scented Persian ice cream.

Autumn Vegetable Tagine

Autumn Vegetable Tagine

This recipe shows you how to quick-soak dried chickpeas in a pressure cooker in about 5 minutes—a good technique to know because you can use it with any dried bean. When cooking beans, adding a tablespoon of oil to the pressure cooker minimizes foaming. This dish calls for harissa, a North African chile paste available in Middle Eastern markets and some supermarkets. If you can't find harissa, substitute sriracha sauce and 1/4 tsp. each of ground cumin and ground coriander. To make the tagine gluten free, substitute quinoa for the couscous.

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