This week’s recipe comes with an instructional video. Yay!! It is the first cooking video I’ve ever filmed and edited, and I think I did a pretty darn good job! Check it out and let me know what you think.
A couple years ago two of my very dear friends gifted me a tagine clay oven for my birthday. At the time, I didn’t quite know how to use it, so it literally sat on my shelf for a whole year. But, when I learned how easily and efficiently it cooked, I couldn’t stop using it. So, what exactly is a tagine or tajine? It’s a clay pot that is indigenous to the Middle East, North Africa – Morocco to be exact. If you’ve ever eaten at a Moroccan restaurant, you’ve definitely seen the cone shaped, two piece ceramic portable oven that is usually piping hot and filled with delectable North African cuisine.
Tagines can be purchased in most cookware stores and online. Many claim Le Creuset has the best tagines though they are quite pricey ranging anywhere from $80 – $200. Mine came from World Market and it’s held up pretty well considering I use it quite a bit. I even use steel wool on mine and there is not a scratch on it!
You’ll need to season your tagine upon first using it. Pretty much like you would a cast iron pan. Click on the link to learn how to season your tagine. You can also use the tagine on your stove top as well. Just remember to keep the flame on low to medium.
I’ve cooked all kinds of goodies in my tagine. I’ve cooked vegetarian meals, lamb, seafood, chicken, bread and even spaghetti sauce! It is such a diverse cookware and I think every chef should have one in his/her arsenal. It also makes for a dramatic serving dish at dinner parties.
Tagines are great for one pot meals and doing really quick “dump meals” as I like to call them. Where you literally just dump ingredients in, put the top on and stick it in the oven until it’s done.Tagines cook meats very well and tender. You can get a nice caramelization on sauces, meats and vegetables as well. This week’s recipe is a bbq chicken dish that I made in the tagine using the Gaia Goodness Banana Mango Ketchup. Click on the link to see how easy it is to make my Banana Mango Asian Bbq Chicken Tagine.