Tajine of Veal, Moroccan Style

Ingredients

  • 750 g (1 1/2 lb) Quebec Veal cubes
  • 375 ml (1 1/2 cups) prunes
  • 375 ml (1 1/2 cups) dried apricots
  • 375 ml (1 1/2 cups) hot black tea
  • 45 ml (3 tbsp) olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 15 ml (1 tbsp) fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 large pinch of saffron
  • 250 ml (1 cup) chicken stock
  • 180 ml (3/4 cup) almonds, chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

 

Preparation

  1. Soak the prunes in the tea for 30 minutes. Drain and reserve the tea.
  2. In a large casserole, brown half the veal cubes in 15 ml (1 tbsp) of oil at medium-high heat until the veal is well browned. Season with salt and pepper. Remove browned veal to a bowl and continue cooking the remaining veal cubes. Deglaze with tea and let reduce.
  3. Add 15 ml (1 tsp) oil to casserole and sauté the onions and garlic stirring continuously for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the cinnamon sticks, ginger and saffron and toss the veal cubes back into the casserole. Season with salt and pepper. Add chicken stock. Cover and cook for 45 minutes.
  5. Uncover and cook for an additional 30 minutes.
  6. In the meantime, roast the almonds to a dry, hot skillet.
  7. Add the prunes, apricots and almonds to the casserole and simmer for 10 minutes.
  8. In a hot, dry frying pan, grill the sesame seeds 1 minute stirring to ensure they don’t burn. Sprinkle the grilled sesame seeds on the meat.
  9. Serve with herbed couscous.