Tagine is the national dish of Morocco. The word is both a meal and the name of the traditional vessel that tagines are made in. Even without a tagine vessel, you can still make it using an oven safe Dutch oven pot. It is basically a stew that can be made of a variety of vegetables, dried fruits and/or meats. Here is a vegetarian one that everybody can enjoy.
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1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 1/2 lbs. orange fleshed sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into bite size pieces (2 large sweet potatoes)
1/2 lb. potatoes, peeled and cut into bite size pieces (2 small potatoes)
1/2 lb. carrots, peeled and cut into bite size pieces (2 carrots)
1/2 cup pitted dates, quartered
2 cups vegetable stock
1 cinnamon stick
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground coriander
salt and pepper, to taste
1/4 cup mint, finely chopped
1/2 cup cilantro, finely chopped
Preheat oven to 400 F.
Heat oil. Add onion and saute until translucent. Add vegetables and cook for 5 minutes.
Add dates, stock, cinnamon, ginger, coriander, salt and pepper and bring to a boil.
Cover and place in the oven for 30 minutes.
Add fresh herbs and stir to combine.
Serve immediately over couscous or with pita bread.