I used to have a Tagine years ago, however, we broke the lid by mistake. I never got around to replace it as I always seemed to have other things to use my money on. The other day I went into a small charity shop on my way back from a friend’s house and there I found a brand-new Tagine!! It even had the sticker on it with original price £20.00 and the care instructions of how to care for it. I snapped it up for a few pounds.
When I got home, I immediately started to think, what can I cook in my tagine, and I went through my freezers. Two recipes came in mind, my Moroccan inspired chicken recipe or the Lazy beef tagine which I used to cook a lot. I had both chicken and stewing beef in the freezer. In the end I decided to use the reduced 95p Stewing Beef, I had picked up from The Co-op.
I was going to serve this for Blip and Flipper as dinner, but plans changed, and I was getting a friend over for lunch the next day. I thought this would be much more appreciated by her, than by my two wonderful boys.. Especially, as I wanted to serve it with a quinoa salad, Babaganoush and Tzaziki.
Don’t get me wrong I love serving healthy interesting food for my two boys, but occasionally it is nice to serve it to another adult who really appreciates it. Instead my two boys and I had reduced meatballs and pasta for dinner (£1.35 for 12 meatballs).
This tagine dish can be made in the slow cooker as well or as a casserole dish as well. What I like about the tagine is that it is very easy and the flavour seems to be much better than when you use a slow cooker. All you do is literally to put all the ingredients into the tagine and leave it to be. Make sure to cook it low and slow, to ensure tender meat. It could be served with couscous or as here with quinoa or even rice, depending how you like it.
Even a big bowl of salad with some flatbreads on the side. The dish taste even better the following day.
Lazy Beef Tagine
400g Stewing Beef, Diced
1 Can chopped tomatoes
5 medium potatoes
1 Can chick peas, including liquid
1 medium onion finely chopped
2 medium sized carrots, chopped
3 garlic cloves finely chopped
1 tbsp oil
2 tsp turmeric
2 tsp Cumin
½ tsp Ginger
Salt and pepper to taste.
Roughly chopped parsley for the top
- Turn the oven on to 160C (140C if fan assisted).
- Finely chop the onion, peel the garlic, peel the potatoes and quarter them, peel the carrots and slice them into 1 cm discs.
- Add the oil in a pan and fry the onions until they take a brown almost burnt colour on the edges. Then add all the spices to the mix and fry for another minute.
- Now add the tin of chickpeas including the liquid and the chopped tomatoes to the tagine, then add the fried onions, squeeze the garlic in and add potatoes and carrots, mix it together. Add the beef to the mixture and mix it all.
- Place two half lemons to it, then top up with water, about 200 (depending on the size of the tagine, be carefull to not overfill it). season with ½ teaspoon of salt and pepper.
- Put the lid on and place the tagine in the bottom of the oven cooking it for 1 hour 45 minutes.
- Be careful when you take it out as the steam builds up inside it. Now taste the tagine and season accordingly.
- Scatter the chopped parsley on top before serving.
- Serve with couscous or quinoa salad.
Bon Appetite as my grandad would have said.
These has been based on Tesco’s prices and the basic products where possible (Correct as per March 2019).
Stewing Beef £2.59
Chopped tomatoes 30p
Chick peas 40p
Garlic cloves 9p
Salt and pepper.2p
Total cost = £4.66, Per portion (4.66/4) = £1.17 per portion