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Moroccan Beef Roast with Dates and Prunes

Posted On: January 3, 2015

This recipes proves it. It’s absolutely impossible to smell the aroma of our grass fed chuck roast in the oven without going crazy with hunger! The delicious blend of spices and herbs really gives the roast a whole new complex layer. This recipe is perfect for dinner parties or family gathering!

Ingredients:

  • 3 lbs grass fed chuck roast, trimmed of fat & cubed
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 lb onion, sliced
  • 4 -6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lb carrot, in 1 in pieces
  • 9 oz tomatoes
  • 4 oz dates, pitted & whole
  • 6 oz prunes, pitted & whole
  • 2 TBSP honey
  • 8-12 oz beef stock
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 6 TSP Ras el Hanout spice (see below)
  • salt & pepper

Ras el Hanout spice mix: 2 TBSP cumin powder, 2 TBSP coriander powder, 1 TBSP ginger and 1 TBSP turmeric

Method:

Preheat oven to 300F.

Season the beef cubes with salt and ground pepper.  In a Dutch braising pot, brown the meat in olive oil.  Remove meat from the pot and set aside.

Add the onion to the pot and cook until colored and soft.  Add the chopped garlic and carrots to the onions in the pot.

Combine 8oz of beef stock with the honey and the Ras el Hanout spice. Add the honey & spiced stock into the Dutch pot and stir well. Add the cinnamon stick.

Add the tomatoes, dates & prunes to the pot and mix well.

Add the beef cubes and bring the liquids to a boil.

Cover the Dutch pot, put in the preheated oven and cook for 3 hours or until the meat can be pulled apart with a fork.

 

This dish is paired nicely with couscous mixed with toasted almonds and cilantro.

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