Named after the beautiful ceramic pots these meals are served in, tagine broths, stews and medleys are central to Moroccan and North African cuisine. Unique spices, lengthy simmering times and a base of items like chickpeas, apricots and figs make these wonderfully foreign dishes a joy to make (and to devour). If you’re in need of new recipes to spice up your dinner routine, we’ve got 15 of the most mouth-watering, juicy, fruit-and-vegetable-ridden recipes that will turn you into an impressive worldly chef in no time. And if you’re feeling inspired, don’t forget to check out this beautiful Moroccan decor!
1. Chicken + Spring Vegetables: The tasty chicken and plethora of fresh vegetables are two huge benefits to this style of cooking. This recipe is a variation of the classic mix of chicken, potatoes and olives. (via Camille Styles)
3. Chickpea + Date: Here’s a first of many vegetarian options when you cook with such strong flavors and fresh ingredients. The chickpeas provide plenty of filling protein so you won’t go hungry. (via Vegetarian Times)
5. Roasted Eggplant, Chickpea + Summer Vegetables: It would take us as long to name all the wonderful veggies in this dish as it would you to fly to Morocco. But the prep and stew time will make it well worth your while. (via The Bojon Gourmet)
6. Zucchini + Chickpea: The secret to this dish lies in the preserved lemon, Aleppo pepper and ras el hanout — a mix of North African spices. Don’t panic, you can create this mix with spices from your local grocery store or order it online. (via Herbivoracious)
7. Butternut Squash, Sweet Potato + Chickpea: Here’s comfort food like you’ve never experienced before — beautiful, delicious and different. Did we mention it’s also gluten-free? (via Katherine Martinelli)
8. Chicken, Almond, Apricot + Chickpea: Let’s discuss the flavor party that is these warm gooey apricots, crunchy almonds and sweet chicken. If you don’t have a tagine on hand, this one works just as well in a casserole dish. (via The Kitchn)
11. Monkfish, Potatoes, Cherry Tomatoes + Black Olives: Meaty monkfish is a good companion for the sauce and soft vegetables. Those bright cherry tomatoes are reason enough to make this one for din tonight. (via Lakeland)
Bonus: If you’re in the market for a tagine, this beautiful hand-painted one ($60) will work perfectly for all these new recipes you’ve got under your belt.
What other delicious combinations of spice, meat, fruit and vegetables have you cooked up to bring the distant Moroccan lands to your kitchen? Let us come along with a comment below!