Moroccan Beef Tagine with Dates and Honey

Moroccan Beef Tagine

with Dates and Honey

2 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

The quintessential Moroccan flavor of this stew comes from a special spice combination called Ras el Hanout. Literally translated to “head of the shop”, Ras el Hanout was traditionally a blend of the finest spices a purveyor had to offer. These spices show the strong Arabic, Spanish and North African influences in Moroccan food. The specific combinations in Ras el Hanout vary, but we’ve selected coriander, cumin, allspice, cardamom, ginger, black pepper, and turmeric to transform the wide-ranging flavor of this North African specialty.

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  • Nutrition
    PER SERVING
  • Calories
    675 Cals (est.)
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Moroccan Beef Tagine with Dates and Honey
Title
  • 10 oz Ground Beef
  • 4 Dates
  • 4 Prunes
  • 1 bunch Cilantro
  • 1 Carrot
  • 6 Almonds
  • 1 Red Onion
  • 1 cup Couscous
  • 2 tsps Ras El Hanout
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 2 Tbsps Tomato Paste
  • 1 cup Stock
  • 1 Tbsp Honey
Prepare the ingredients:
1 Prepare the ingredients:
Wash and dry the fresh produce. Peel and mince the garlic. Roughly chop the dates, prunes and almonds. Pick the cilantro leaves off the stems. Peel and medium dice the carrot. Peel and dice the onion.
Cook the couscous:
2 Cook the couscous:
Heat 1 cup of water and a big pinch of salt to boiling on high. Once the water is boiling, stir in the couscous and turn off the heat. Cover the pot and let stand for 5 to 7 minutes, or until all of the water is absorbed. Fluff the finished couscous with a fork.
Toast the almonds:
3 Toast the almonds:
While the couscous is cooking, toast the nuts. Add the almonds to a dry pan. Heat the pan on high for 1 to 3 minutes, or until the almonds are fragrant, stirring occasionally. Transfer the toasted almonds to a small bowl.
Cook the aromatics:
4 Cook the aromatics:
In a medium pot, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium until hot. Add the carrot, onion and garlic. Cook 4 to 5 minutes, or until the carrots and onion are softened; season with salt and pepper to taste.
Add the beef:
5 Add the beef:
Increase the heat to high and add the ground beef to the carrot-onion-garlic mixture, seasoning with salt and pepper. Cook 4 to 6 minutes, breaking apart with a spoon until the beef is completely browned.
Add the seasonings:
6 Add the seasonings:
Reduce the heat to medium-high. Add the ras el hanout spice blend; cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until toasted. Add the tomato paste; cook 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until caramelized. Stir in the dates, prunes, cinnamon stick, honey, beef demi-glace and 2 cups of water; season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer for 3 to 5 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Remove from heat and discard the cinnamon stick. To plate your dish, divide the couscous between 2 dishes and top with the beef stew. Garnish with the chopped cilantro and almonds. Enjoy!

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Prepare the ingredients:
1 Prepare the ingredients:
Wash and dry the fresh produce. Peel and mince the garlic. Roughly chop the dates, prunes and almonds. Pick the cilantro leaves off the stems. Peel and medium dice the carrot. Peel and dice the onion.
2 Cook the couscous:
Heat 1 cup of water and a big pinch of salt to boiling on high. Once the water is boiling, stir in the couscous and turn off the heat. Cover the pot and let stand for 5 to 7 minutes, or until all of the water is absorbed. Fluff the finished couscous with a fork.
Cook the couscous:
Toast the almonds:
3 Toast the almonds:
While the couscous is cooking, toast the nuts. Add the almonds to a dry pan. Heat the pan on high for 1 to 3 minutes, or until the almonds are fragrant, stirring occasionally. Transfer the toasted almonds to a small bowl.
4 Cook the aromatics:
In a medium pot, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium until hot. Add the carrot, onion and garlic. Cook 4 to 5 minutes, or until the carrots and onion are softened; season with salt and pepper to taste.
Cook the aromatics:
Add the beef:
5 Add the beef:
Increase the heat to high and add the ground beef to the carrot-onion-garlic mixture, seasoning with salt and pepper. Cook 4 to 6 minutes, breaking apart with a spoon until the beef is completely browned.
6 Add the seasonings:
Reduce the heat to medium-high. Add the ras el hanout spice blend; cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until toasted. Add the tomato paste; cook 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until caramelized. Stir in the dates, prunes, cinnamon stick, honey, beef demi-glace and 2 cups of water; season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer for 3 to 5 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Remove from heat and discard the cinnamon stick. To plate your dish, divide the couscous between 2 dishes and top with the beef stew. Garnish with the chopped cilantro and almonds. Enjoy!
Add the seasonings: