Weeknight Beef and Snap Pea Tagine with Sweet Onion & Apricot Mrouzia
  • 1 lb beef such as an arm roast cut thinly
  • 1 package Moroccan Tagine Simmer Sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh snap peas
  • 2 tbsp grape seed or vegetable oil
  • 1 large vidalia onion
  • 5-6 dried apricots chopped
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • water
  1. In a large, heavy bottomed pan add the grape seed oil and turn heat to high. Once the oil is hot, add the beef. After 1-2 minutes begin to stir the meat to brown. Turn down the heat to medium. Add the contents of the Moroccan Tagine simmer sauce and mix the meat to coat. Fill the empty pouch of simmer sauce with water and add to the pan, mixing again. Cover and allow to cook 10 minutes until the meat is completely cooked through.
  2. While waiting for the meat to cook, clean and trim the snap peas. I choose to remove both the top and bottom part of the stem. When the meat is completely cooked through add the peas to the sauce. Cook uncovered for 8-10 more minutes. The peas should still have a crunch to them. This can be served over any grain such as rice, barley, or quinoa. It also can be eaten as is using bread in the traditional Moroccan way.
  3. Bonus Recipe: Sweet Onion and Apricot Mrouzia
  4. Mrouzia is traditionally served on top of couscous but it makes a delicious addition to this dish as well. You can start cooking the onions as soon as you start the beef. (Ingredients listed above)
  5. Slice the onion into rounds as thin as possible. Add to a medium size skillet and turn the heat to medium. You will be sweating the onions – this is a slow process. Pour 2 tbsp of water and 1 tbsp of sugar into the pan and mix. Cover the pan and allow the onions to cook for 15 minutes. Remove the cover and stir the onions. At this point you can add the cinnamon, salt and apricots. You may need to add a little more water if the onions appear to be sticking. Cover again and leave for 10 minutes. Once the onions and apricots are soft the mrouzia is done. For the final 5 minutes of cooking add 1 tbsp honey and make sure the onions and apricots are completely coated with the sauce.
Recipe by Saffron Road Food at http://www.saffronroadfood.com/community/recipes/recipes-page-2/