Moroccan Harvest Fusion
by Brian and Patricia Dake
A tagine (or tajine) is both the name of a Moroccan cooking dish and the food prepared in the dish. Tagine—the food—is a classic Moroccan slow-cooked stew containing meat, dried spices, vegetables, and preserved fruit like olives, lemons, or dried apricots.
The physical cooking dish is earthenware with a cone-shaped lid. The lid traps the steam from cooking the food and returns the condensed liquid to the dish below, making very little liquid required in the recipe to produce a tender stew. This Moroccan slow cooker functions on similar principles as other slow cooking devices such as a Dutch oven or Crockpot™.
Using a tagine on a stovetop requires the use of a metal heat diffuser between the bottom of the tagine and the stovetop burner. The diffuser distributes the heat and prevents the earthenware/terra cotta tagine from being damaged by the gas flame or electrical element. Even with a heat diffuser in place, it’s never recommended to exceed the medium heat setting on the stovetop.
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