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Beef Tagine

Jamie Oliver’s tagine recipe is all about the spices and slow cooking, giving all the wonderful flavours time to develop.

Ingredients

  • 600g stewing beef

  • olive oil

  • 1 onion, peeled andfinely chopped

  • a small bunch of fresh coriander

  • 1 x 400g tin of chickpeas, drained

  • 1 x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes

  • 800ml vegetable stock, preferably organic

  • 1 small squash (approximately 800g), deseeded and cut into 5cm chunks

  • 100g prunes, stoned and roughly torn

  • 2 tablespoons flaked almonds, toasted

  • For the spice rub

  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 level tablespoon ras el hanout spice mix*

  • 1 level tablespoon ground cumin

  • 1 level tablespoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 level tablespoon ground ginger

  • 1 level tablespoon sweet paprika

Method

  • 1.

    Mix all the spice rub ingredients together in a small bowl. Put the beef into a large bowl, massage it with the spice rub, then cover with clingfilm and put into the fridge for a couple of hours – ideally overnight. That way the spices really penetrate and flavour the meat.

  • 2.

    When you’re ready to cook, heat a generous lug of olive oil in a tagine or casserole– type pan and fry the meat over a medium heat for 5 minutes. Add your chopped onion and coriander stalks and fry for another 5 minutes. Tip in the chickpeas and tomatoes, then pour in 400ml of stock and stir. Bring to the boil, then put the lid on the pan or cover with foil and reduce to a simmer for 1½hours.

  • 3.

    At this point add your squash, the prunes and the rest of the stock. Give everything a gentle stir, then pop the lid back on the pan and continue cooking for another 1½hours. Keep an eye on it and add a splash of water if it looks too dry.

  • 4.

    Once the time is up, take the lid off and check the consistency. If it seems a bit too runny, simmer for 5 to 10 minutes more with the lid off. The beef should be really tender and flaking apart now, so have a taste and season with a pinch or two of salt. Scatter the coriander leaves over the tagine along with the toasted almonds, then take it straight to the table with a big bowl of lightly seasoned couscous and dive in.

Notes

*Ras el hanout (Arabic for 'top of the shop') is a blend of the best spices a vendor has in his shop. The mixture varies depending on who is selling it, but can be a combination of anywhere from 10 to 100 spices. It usually includes nutmeg, cinnamon, mace, aniseed, turmeric, cayenne, peppercorns, dried galangal, ginger, cloves, cardamom, chilli, allspice and orris root.

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