These tall, conical tagines manage to catch my eye every time I walk through a kitchen store. They're used for cooking the North African dish by the same name. .
The tagine's conical shape makes a uniquely moist, hot cooking environment for the dish being cooked. The base is wide and shallow, and the tall lid fits snugly inside. As the food cooks, steam rises into the cone, condenses, and then trickles down the sides back into the dish.
Tagines generally range in size from one quart, perfect for steaming couscous, to four quarts, ideal for Moroccan stews and roasts. Like dutch ovens, tagines can also go from stove-top to oven with ease.
While tagine stews are definitely the most popular and well-known dish to make in a tagine, this dish can be used for much more. Rice, couscous, and beans all do fabulously. With the lid off, a tagine could be used as a roasting dish and then be carried straight to the table. I also wonder if it might be easier to make the no-knead bread in a shallow tagine than the high-sided dutch oven.
In this class, we will make Fresenjan (persian chicken with pomegranate and walnuts); or Chicken Tagine with Sweet Tomato Jam, or Lamb Curry with Onion, Mint, and Cilantro!
The flavors in tagine cooking are amazing. The process is beautiful. I will share additional recipes - and we will cook two recipes, one in a tradtional tagine and one in a dutch oven.
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