Khlii – Moroccan Preserved Meat

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Have you ever seen Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre Foods Morocco?  If so you saw khlii.  Overall I was disappointed with this episode because frankly it just wasn’t that bizarre to me!  When he tried khlii it was labeled as rotten meat.  It’s not rotten meat.  Khlii is made from beef or lamb that is seasoned and then dried in the sun for a few days – it’s like a natural dehydration.  It’s then cooked in a combination of oil, water and animal fat and stored.  The fat portion congeals and the pieces of meat are in the mix.  Khlii is then used in several ways.  One of the most popular is in scrambled eggs but it’s also stirred into soups or with beans.

MarocBaba loves khlii and so for this Ramadan I ordered him some from Moroccan Khlii in Orlando as a surprise.  It came in handy one night when I was just too tired to make dinner.  Overall he gave it a rave review.  I don’t like the flavor of khlii so I’m going to leave this review in his able hands!  The taste was very much like home and he liked that the pieces of meat were bigger and more flavorful.  I highly recommend ordering from Moroccan Khlii.  You can check out their Facebook page and follow on Twitter as well.  Here’s a photo tutorial of khlii and eggs.

Khlii coming out of the freezer directly into frying pan.

Next turn up the heat and melt the fat.

Beat 2-3 eggs well and pour into the pan.

Cook on medium heat until the eggs set. Eat with bread!

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Amanda MouttakiKhlii – Moroccan Preserved Meat

Comments

  1. layal

    i saw this episode too and i was so so disappointed too .. thanks you for this post :)

  2. Tammie

    Ha, I was just telling a friend about that episode at a restaurant the other day. I said NO WAY he didn’t like this stuff. It is really good, especially in eggs. I figured out that he just reacted like that for the show. He had to show drama for something and there is not a whole lot in Morocco that isn’t good.

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  4. Patti

    Does the meat have an off-smell like it has spoiled?… that is the impression I got from Bizarre Foods. Zimern will eat bugs and he couldn’t take but a bite or two of kllii. I cannot eat the fat due to dietary concerns but saw it for sale in Marjane hypermarket (after seeing Bizarre Foods Morocco) and one of the ladies I was with pointed and said “zwin”.

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      marocmama

      It doesn’t smell that way to me – though I suppose some varieties might. If it’s really preserved well it’s similar to jerky that’s just packed in fat.

  5. Jennifer

    Yes! I was disappointed in the way he reacted when he first tried it in Marrakech. I agree that Khilil is an acquired taste, but compared to all the foods he’s eaten…come on! It’s lamb jerky! It took me a few times to try it, but I like it and so do our kids. The look and smell can cause someone to be like….” ahhhh, no thanx!” But on a serious note, it’s pretty decent and filling!

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      marocmama

      I agree – he ate like a half formed duck egg in the Phillipines I don’t think lamb jerky in fat is really that “weird”!!

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