Beef tagine

  • Preparation Time360 mins
  • Cooking Time120 mins
  • Serves8
  • DifficultyEasy
1.5kg chuck steak
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp saffron strands
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tbsp plain flour
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
300g shallots
150g Kalamata pitted olives
500ml chicken stock
2 tbsp tomato puree
3 tbsp flat leaf parsley, chopped
1 cinnamon stick
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp runny honey
80g dried apricots
1) Cut the beef into 4cm cubes and place into a large bowl with the ginger, saffron and coriander. Drizzle over 1 tbsp of oil, mix well, cover with cling film and refrigerate for 6 hours or overnight.

2) In a medium saucepan with boiling water, cook the shallots for 2 minutes, drain, refresh in cold water and peel.

3) Once the beef has been marinated, toss in the flour. Heat the remaining oil in a heavy based flameproof casserole dish and start to brown the meat for approx 5 minutes.

4) Add the shallots, olives, stock, tomato puree, parsley and cinnamon. Season with salt and pepper, mix and bring to the boil.

5) Cover with a lid and cook in a preheated oven at 180C/Gas 4 for 90 minutes, stirring occasionally.

6) Discard the cinnamon stick and add the honey with the apricots. Stir and place back into the oven for another 20 minutes.

7) Serve hot with a beautiful lemon flavoured couscous.

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