Crockpot Moroccan Lamb Tagine

I'm back! It has been a while, but I am back in the U.S. and ready to share all of my culinary adventures from Dubai. I was over in Dubai for the past three weeks and had an unbelievable time. I had some great adventures on the weekends and spent some quality time at my company's Dubai office during the week. Grocery shopping in Dubai is a bit different from Boston, but I did pretty well. I even went to the Dubai farmer's market which was an experience. It was just a fraction of the size of the markets here but was still great to support the local food movement in the Middle East. I had the opportunity to try some amazing restaurants, but my favorite (by a mile) was Pierchic. The restaurant is at the end of a 250-yard pier in the middle of the ocean. It is part of the Madinat Jumeirah resort, and was hands down the most gorgeous place I have ever been in my life. We had a four-course meal with the freshest seafood imaginable as we overlooked the Burj Al Arab and the entire Madinat Jumeirah. I was 99% sure that I was on an episode of The Bachelor while I was there because it just seemed too good to be true. I am quite certain that the meal, the ambience, and the company will never be beat, and it was absolutely a major highlight of the trip.

Separate from all of the restaurants, I cooked some really exciting meals using new spices and flavors I had never experienced with. I will share my recipes over the next few days and catch you up on my paleo adventures from the other side of the world. The first recipe to share is a crockpot moroccan lamb tagine. This cooked all day while I was at the office, and it was amazing to come home to. I experimented with the spices, fresh rosemary from the garden, and prunes. Many people are scared of prunes because they remind them of 90-year-olds, but prunes are simply sweet and delicious dried plums - don't be afraid!

Crockpot Moroccan Lamb Tagine:

 Serves 6, Prep time: 20 min, Cook time: 8-10 hours

Ingredients:

  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 5 carrots, peeled & chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped garlic
  • 8 1-inch pieces of ginger
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh rosemary
  • Dried apricots (100g)
  • Prunes (250g)
  • 2 pound lamb shoulder
  • 2 Tbsp. lamb spice mix (rosemary, rose petals, cumin, paprika, onion, garlic, mint, etc.)
  • 1-2 cups water

Instructions:

  1. Put onions and carrots at the bottom of the crockpot
  2. Cover with water (just enough to barely cover)
  3. Spice both sides of the lamb, and lay it on top of the onions/carrots
  4. Slice a few slits in the lamb and stuff with chopped garlic and rosemary
  5. Add prunes, apricots, and ginger 
  6. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours
  7. Shred the lamb, remove the ginger, and serve!
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