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Lamb Tagine with Prunes and Honey

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Quick Facts

Servings: 12
Cook Time: 2 hr. 10 min.
Chef David Waltuck
Tagines originate from Morocco and are traditionally served with couscous. This version balances on sweet and savory flavors.


  • 5 lbs boneless lamb stew meat, trimmed of fat and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 6 cups chicken stock or canned low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 large onion, cut into 1/2 inch dice
  • 4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp saffron threads
  • coarse (kosher) salt, to taste
  • 12 oz pitted prunes, coarsely chopped
  • 2 Tbs honey
  • 1 Tbs ground cinnamon
  • 3 Tbs chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1 tsp orange flower water
  • Fresh lemon juice, to taste
  • 3 Tbs sliced almonds, for garnish


  • Place the lamb in a large stockpot along with the chicken stock, onion, pepper, garlic, ginger, saffron, and salt. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to low and simmer the lamb gently, uncovered, for 1 ˝ hours.
  • Add the prunes, honey, and cinnamon to the tagine and stir. Continue cooking, uncovered, until the lamb is very tender, about 30 minutes more.
  • When you're ready to serve, stir in the parsley, orange flower water, and lemon juice and remove the pot from the heat. Taste and adjust the seasonings. Transfer the tagine to a large, shallow serving bowl or platter and garnish with the sliced almonds to serve.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 398
  Calories from Fat 114 (29%)
(20%)Total Fat 13g
(20%)Saturated Fat 4g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
(42%)Cholesterol 126mg
(12%)Sodium 297mg
(27%)Potassium 928mg
Total Carbohydrate 28g
(12%)Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 16g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(85%)Protein 43g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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