Side Dish

Zaalouk

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Zaalouk is one our favorites on the Moroccan mezze repertoire.

Ingredients

- 3 Eggplants

- 4 Tomatoes (roasted or grilled)

- 2 tbsp Harissa

- 1 tsp Kefta rub

- 1 Garlic clove

- 1/2 cup of chopped parsley and cilantro

- 5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

- Salt to taste

Method

Grill Eggplants and tomatoes until they blister. Dice the eggplants and finely chop the parsley and cilantro, then add to the tomatoes to a pan with olive oil. Cook for 5 minutes. Add Harissa, Kefta, garlic, salt and herbs.

Mix and serve.

Moroccan Roasted Tomatoes with Ras el Hanout Yogurt

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup Greek Yogurt

  • 1 tbls Honey

  • 1 tbls Ras el Hanout

  • 3 cups Tomatoes (we like a mix of heirloom cherry tomatoes)

  • 2 cloves Garlic

  • 4 Tbls Olive Oil

  • Half bunch of Cilantro

  • Salt (to taste)

Method

Mix the greek yogurt, honey and Ras el Hanout.

Create a marinade with the cilantro, grated garlic and olive oil.

Cut the tomatoes in slices or quarters or if using cherry tomatoes use them whole. Marinade them for an hour or so then either heat olive oil in a pan, add tomatoes and lightly sear for roughly 3 mins on each side OR roast them in the oven at 400 degrees for about 20 mins until skin begins to burst. Spread a generous scoop of yogurt on a plate and the tomatoes on top. Drizzle with the remaining olive oil from the pan. Enjoy with bread or serve with grilled meats.

Mderbel - Moroccan Cauliflower Salad

We don't really follow the trends like cauliflower rice but we do eat Cauliflower mash our mama fed us in Morocco.

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Ingredients

  • 1 Cauliflower head

  • 2-3 Tbls Harissa (or to taste)

  • 3 Garlic Cloves

  • 1/2 Preserved Lemon (thinly sliced)

  • 4 Tbls Olive Oil (or to taste)

  • 1/4 cup Parsley

  • 1/4 cup Cilantro

  • Salt (pinch)

  • Pepper (to taste)

Method

  1. Cut cauliflower into small pieces and simmer in olive oil, garlic, parsley, cilantro, preserved lemons, salt and pepper until soft. About 20 mins.

  2. Once cooked, add Harissa, mix and mash with a fork.

  3. Drizzle olive oil over the top and serve!

Tomato Salad Merhzina

This dish is a staple you'll find on every single Moroccan table, every season. It compliments just about anything you can imagine and is incredibly easy to make.

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Ingredients

  • 2-3 Heirloom Tomatoes (Rough chopped)

  • 1/2 cup Picholine Olives

  • 1/2 Onion (finely chopped)

  • 1/2 Red or Green Bell Pepper (roasted and chopped)

  • 1/4 Preserved Lemon (thinly sliced)

  • 4 Tbls Olive Oil (or to taste)

  • 1 Tbls Vinegar or squeeze of fresh Lemon

  • 1/4 cup Parsley

  • 1/4 cup Cilantro

  • Cumin (pinch)

  • Salt (pinch)

Method

  1. Peel the tomatoes and cut in half. Remove the seeds and any liquid. Dice finely.

  2. Wash and chop the herbs well.

  3. Mix all the ingredients and add the vinegar and olive oil.

Ras el Hanout Clams

This dish is one of our all time favorites. It’s an incredibly simple way to impress at any dinner party with it’s complex fragrant, floral, earthy flavors.

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  • 2lbs Clams

  • 8oz Cream

  • 1sm Leek- finely chopped

  • 1Tsp Ras el Hanout

  • 3/4 cup Cilantro

Wash and steam clams in a large pot until they open. Drain most of the water out leaving about 1/4 cup at the bottom. Add the cream and leeks then cook on medium heat until it begins to bubble. Add Ras el hanout and lower heat mixing until the sauce thickens to your desired consistency. Toss in cilantro and cook for another minute or so, then enjoy!



Chermoula Asparagus with Carmelized Onions

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  • 1lb asparagus
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 Tbsp Villa Jerada Chermoula
  • 3 Tbsp extra Virgin olive Oil
  • Half of a lemon
  • Salt to taste

Heat the olive oil, add the onions and cook on a medium heat until they sweat and caramelise, stirring frequently for about 20 minutes. Meanwhile trim your asparagus and boil it for 3-4 minutes drain and cut in halves. Once the onions are cooked, add the asparagus, the Chermoula and stir until the Chermoula blends in to make a nice thick sauce. Add olive oil and drizzle lemon to taste.

Ras El Hanout Yogurt

  • 1 ½ cups full-fat greek yogurt or labneh
  • 2 teaspoons Res el Hanout spice blend
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • Best quality extra virgin olive oil, to serve
  • Raw sliced vegetables, to serve

Whisk the yogurt, Res el Hanout and honey together in a medium bowl. Set aside for 10 minutes to allow the flavors to come together. Serve with vegetables and topped with best quality olive oil. (I used Les Terroirs de Marrakech extra-virgin olive oil.)