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There are two Moroccan meals that I learned first.
This is one of them. (the other is Moroccan style lentils)
I now can make any number of tajines and other dishes, chicken with potatoes and preserved lemons brings back really nice memories. We ate so much of this dish when I first visited Morocco and when MarocBaba first moved to the US that for a little while I didn’t even want to think about eating it!
Learning how to make it took me many tries to get the spices right and many more tajines where the potatoes burned or the chicken wasn’t quite done. But, sometimes getting there is half the battle. My little sister – well she’s not so little anymore – loves this tajine with carrots mixed in. I’ve been dying to try it with sweet potatoes. Once the base recipe is learned it’s easy to improvise.
In Morocco, you’ll never see someone eating tajine with a fork. Bread is always the utensil of choice. You can use a baguette in a pinch but may be surprised to discover Moroccan bread is not as difficult to make as you think. I’ve got recipes for several different types you can choose from and experiment with. The other ingredient you’ll need to make this dish is preserved lemons. If you have time, you can make them yourself, or you can order them online. A little goes a long way!
Alternate Cooking Instructions
You can make this in a Dutch oven if you don’t have a tajine. (Don’t have one, this one is seriously my favorite ever!)
- Cook following the same steps, just using a dutch oven in place of the tajine.
- You can use other root vegetables such as parsnips and potatoes. Everything will get soft enough.
- Using the Dutch oven, cooking time is about 2 hours on low-medium heat. You’ll want to watch towards the end as the liquid reduces but this amount of time is nearly perfect.
P.S. You may notice my tajine here is covered in aluminum foil. You don’t need to do that. This tajine happened to have gotten a crack in it. Not wanting to get rid of it, I opted instead to wrap the bottom in foil so that I could still use it. Heavy duty foil is a must – it works!