Posts Tagged ‘African Food’

Kefta Tagine (Lamb Meatball and Egg Tagine)

Cumin- and paprika-spiced kefta (lamb meatballs), baked eggs, and kalamata olives, are the hallmarks of this elegant tagine from the Moroccan restaurant Le Timgad in Paris.

Credit: Landon Nordeman

Ingredients

1 lb. ground lamb
1½ tbsp. ground cumin
1½ tbsp. paprika
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
4 tbsp. unsalted butter
2 tbsp. olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 large yellow onion, minced
1 tsp. crushed red chile flakes
½ tsp. ground ginger
½ tsp. crushed saffron threads
1 bay leaf
1 (28-oz.) can whole peeled tomatoes in juice, drained, crushed by hand
4 eggs
½ cup unpitted kalamata olives
¼ cup finely chopped parsley

 

Method :

1. Place lamb, 1 tbsp. cumin, 1 tbsp. paprika, and salt and pepper in a bowl, and mix until evenly combined. Form mixture into 12 balls, about 1 oz. each, and place on a plate; chill kefta until ready to use.

2. Heat butter and oil in a 6-qt. Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add garlic and onion, and cook, stirring, until soft, about 5 minutes. Add remaining cumin and paprika, chile flakes, ginger, saffron, and bay leaf, and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add tomatoes, and cook, stirring, until broken down and sauce is slightly reduced, about 10 minutes. Add kefta, and cook, covered, until cooked through, about 10 minutes. Crack eggs over the top, and arrange olives around eggs; cover, and continue cooking until whites are cooked and yolks are slightly runny, about 8 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle with parsley before serving.

 


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Casse-Croûte Tunisien (Tunisan Tuna Sandwich)

You’ll need both hands to eat this overstuffed tuna sandwich, lavished with fiery condiments and stacks of fixings, a North African take on a French pan bagnat.

Credit: Landon Nordeman

Ingredients

3 tbsp. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ small yellow onion, minced
½ small green bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and minced
1 (15-oz.) can whole peeled tomatoes in juice, drained, crushed by hand
1 bay leaf
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
4 (8″) Portuguese or hero rolls
2 medium Yukon gold potatoes, boiled until tender, peeled and thinly sliced
1 small English cucumber, thinly sliced
1 medium ripe tomato, thinly sliced
2 (5-oz). cans tuna in oil
½ cup pitted black olives
¼ cup capers, rinsed and drained
4 pepperoncini peppers, drained, stemmed, and halved lengthwise

 

Method :

1. Heat oil in a 10″ skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic, onion, and pepper, and cook, stirring, until soft, about 6 minutes. Add tomatoes and bay leaf, and cook, stirring, until sauce is thick and slightly reduced, about 3 minutes. Remove and discard bay leaf, season with salt and pepper, and set aside.

2. Assemble the sandwiches: Split rolls horizontally, leaving them intact on one side. Divide tomato sauce among rolls, top with potatoes, cucumber, and tomato, and then tuna; top with olives, capers, and pepperoncini. Drizzle the top of each with harissa; halve sandwiches crosswise to serve.

 


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