Tajine of Veal, Moroccan Style

Ingredients

  • 750 g (1 1/2 lb) cubes of Quebec Veal
  • 375 ml (1 1/2 cups) prunes
  • 375 ml (1 1/2 cups) hot black tea
  • 45 ml (3 tbsp) olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 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
  • 30 ml (2 tbsp) sesame seeds
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

 

Preparation

  1. Soak the prunes in the tea for 30 minutes.
  2. In a large casserole, brown half the veal cubes in 15 ml (1 tbsp) of oil at high heat until the veal is well browned. Season with salt and pepper. Remove browned veal to a bowl and continue cooking the remaining cubes of veal.
  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. In the meantime, roast the almonds in the oven at 180°C (350°F) for 10 minutes, stirring once or twice. Set aside.
  6. Add the prunes and almonds to the casserole and simmer for 10 minutes.
  7. 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.
  8. Serve with herbed couscous.