Beef Tajine with Almonds and Prunes


3 Lb. beef

4.oz butter

2 tablespoons of olive oil

2 large onions

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 strip lemon peel

1 teaspoon powdered ginger

1 Ib dried prunes

1/2 teaspoon powdered saffron

blanched almonds

3 short cinnamon sticks

fresh water cress or mint

2 tablespoons of olive oil



-Combine the oil and ground spices in a bowl

-cut the beef into cubes, chop onions finely, and mix both into oil and spices. Let stand.

-Sear the meat lightly in butter, add any remaining marinade and enough water to cover

-simmer until meat is tender

-while the meat is cooking, cover the prunes with boiling water. Set aside for 20 minutes

-Drain the prunes and cook them in a small amount of liquid from the meat

-Add the lemon peel, cinnamon sticks, and half the sugar.

-Stir the remaining sugar into the meat

-Arrange the meat, prunes, and their sauce on serving dish

-Boil the remaining liquid from the meat rapidly to reduce it by half

-Pour sauce over the meat and prunes

-Garnish with almonds sautรฉed in a little butter and with watercress or mint

-Serve with rice or couscous

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