More like 4 1/2 stars, not quite 5 because the recipe just plain doesn't make enough for four people, it's that good. Definitely double it!! I used only a pinch of red pepper, otherwise followed it exactly and next time will serve it over orzo or brown rice. Or maybe flavor the couscous with something, it's really bland and dry by itself. I've learned lots about middle-eastern cooking from my in-laws and this recipe's very close to the real thing. The flavors and spices are all authentic. A Definite repeat!!
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lksmithnj Posted: 02/20/11
BeckiSue Posted: 10/14/10
This recipe was delicious!! I'm not a huge lamb fan, but this dish was so flavorful. The apricots and cinnamon contrasting with the red peppers and lamb was unique to my taste buds. Will definitely be making again. Despite the hour cook time, this was an easy recipe to make.
cathyslater Posted: 11/27/10
I wasn't sure that we would like lamb but this was great. I made it on a Sunday afternoon so that we could just heat up with the couscous for Monday night dinner. No changes needed to the recipe.
cprnncc Posted: 09/25/10
This recipe has an interesting taste, sweet and savory at the same time. This was my first experience cooking with Moroccan-style spices and I was pleasantly surprised. I did, however, cut the red pepper in half b/c my husband is not a fan of heat. I served it over Jasmine rice with a green salad. Some of the pieces of lamb were very tender and some not so tender. Otherwise a Good Solid Recipe that I will make again!
Cuisinia Posted: 03/20/11
This recipe was excellent. I doubled it. We served it over pearl couscous seasoned with cinnamon, a bay leaf, lemon zest, salt and broth. The only change I made was to add baby green beans (Trader Joe's) about 20 minutes before the tagine was finished. Great addition. Served it with a very nice Sextant zinfandel. For dessert, we made orange cardamom creme brulee. Will definitely make again, but next time, will include more good friends.
CaliforniaTeri Posted: 11/26/10
I love this recipe! The lamb is very tender, and the apricots make it really special. My family likes it over orzo pasta.
dinkydoo Posted: 10/19/10
Tastes very similar to a dish I would often order at a Moroccan restaurant, very tasty! I would recommend purchasing quality lamb to ensure it comes out tender.
tjmarie Posted: 10/14/10
We thought this was restaurant quality! Served it over brown rice because my husband doesn't like couscous, other than that followed the recipe exactly.
lgarrison Posted: 04/17/11
Outstanding. I'd serve this as a "company" dish - there's nothing about it that suggests it's a budget-minded recipe. This is a new favorite we've added to the recipe box. One thing, don't worry if it looks like it's going to be too soupy. The apricots melt into the broth right at the end to thicken and add richness. Amazing flavors!
Lucy504 Posted: 05/31/11
Served over brown rice.The sauce was a little sweet but overall delicious! We are huge fans of lamb and instead of the cubes, we made it with a leg of lamb (bone in) fresh cut from the butcher. The meat sucked up all of the wonderful flavors in this dish and was fall-off-the-bone tender.
mandofan Posted: 10/30/11
I'll agree with the others, this is a pretty tasty tagine, though perhaps a bit too sweet. Serving size is indeed modest, which is fine for me or perhaps for an individual, but if you are planning on cooking this for guests who may want seconds, you'll definitely want more meat. Remember to trim the lamb carefully. Lamb can often be quite fatty, grisly, and tough; careful trimming is a must for a good stew, curry, or tagine. I'm also going to suggest that perhaps large chunks of lamb would be better - perhaps 1-inch cubes. Next time I'll also consider quartering the apricots rather than cutting them in half.
nycook7 Posted: 03/03/12
This was so good, as flavorful and fragrant as our local Moroccan restaurant.
Zorian Posted: 01/31/12
Great Flavors blend perfectly with the unique flavor of lamb. However, the apricots add an overly sweet flavor, and a slimy texture. If you are looking for a great tangine look at the "Beef Tangine with Butternut Squash."
ktleyed Posted: 12/01/12
This was simply delicious. I made it just as the recipe stated and served with whole wheat couscous and steamed broccoli. Definitely a keeper! Loved the spiciness of it, even though I did cut back on the ground red pepper a bit to about 1/4 tsp., still had a nice kick!
bramma Posted: 09/21/12
When my husband requests that I save a recipe, it's outstanding. I didn't have apricots so I substituted golden raisins, and I doubt anyone would notice the difference. Delicious either way. I had some boneless leg of lamb in the freezer, so the meat was tender, and took less time to cook. I served it with Israeli couscous, prepared with chicken broth. A great success that I will surely make again.
PeteSoup Posted: 01/29/13
I did not like this at all. I didn't like the lamb or the sauce and I hardly think it qualifies as a stew as there is little in it besides the lamb, just onions and a little garlic. I cooked this for my wife and I and neither of us finished our small serving. Now comes the "but." I made some poor decisions of my own. I did not trim the fat well enough, I did not include the apricots as they sounded too sweet, and I only served it with bread, no couscous or rice. I think a significant amount of starch would definitely help this dish. Not enough that I would venture to cook it again, but it is my suggestion.