We loved Amanda’s idea to get other bloggers around the world together to create dishes from the Arab world for Ramadan. And, we are incredibly excited to be sharing a recipe from Tunisia with you today.
I’ll be the first to admit that we didn’t know much about many of the countries on the list that Amanda gave us. But, each of the countries we researched from the list had one thing in common: an incredibly unique and proud food culture. It made us want to dive even more into the cuisines of this area because it is a wealth of flavors and dishes that, in the States, we haven’t been exposed to.
Take the recipe we’re sharing with you today. When we hear the word tajine, we think about the Moroccan stew that is cooked in a vessel by the same name. However, in Tunisia, tajine refers to something completely different. In fact, it is more of a spiced quiche or fritatta that is served cold as a finger food or appetizer.
The Tunisian tajine starts with a mixture of meat, onions and spices that is sautéed. A starch is added (potato or bread crumbs) and then, off the heat, it is combined with fresh parsley and a mixture of beaten eggs and cheese. Then, it is baked until firm.
The spices in the meat fill the house with a wonderful aroma while it bakes. And, while it is traditionally served cold, we couldn’t wait and dove right into the dish while. We loved the combination of chicken and potatoes with the light creaminess of the eggs and cheese. With such unique spices, this would make a wonderful brunch dish here in the States, when you’re looking for something a bit different than the standard egg and bacon breakfast bake.