Tagine of lamb & merguez sausages

Tagine of lamb & merguez sausages

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Cook: 4 hrs Prep 35 mins plus marinating

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Serves 8
A famous Moroccan casserole named after the clay dish it's cooked in and containing strong, fragrant flavours

Nutrition and extra info

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Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal852
  • fat65g
  • saturates19g
  • carbs21g
  • sugars15g
  • fibre4g
  • protein45g
  • salt1.4g
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    For the chermoula marinade

    • 1 tbsp each ground cumin, paprika and turmeric



      Turmeric is a fragrant, bright golden-yellow root that is most commonly seen and used dried and…

    • 1 tsp hot chilli powder
    • 2 large red onions, roughly chopped
    • 3 garlic cloves
    • thumb-sized piece ginger, roughly chopped



      Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

    • 200ml/ 7fl oz olive oil
      olive oil

      Olive oil

      ol-iv oyl

      Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

    • 200ml/ 7fl oz lemon juice (about 4 lemons)
    • 1 tbsp honey



      Honey is made by bees from the nectar they collect from flowers. Viscous and fragrant, it's…

    • large handful flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped
    • large handful coriander, roughly chopped

    For the tagine

    • 6 lamb shanks or a 1kg/2lb 4oz piece lamb or mutton shoulder (if using shoulder ask the butcher to cut it into 10cm chunks on the bone)



      A lamb is a sheep that is under 1 year old; between 1 and 2 years old you will find it sold as…

    • 4 tbsp olive oil
      olive oil

      Olive oil

      ol-iv oyl

      Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

    • 2 carrots, sliced



      The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

    • 2 red onions, sliced
    • 12 dried prunes
    • 1 tbsp honey



      Honey is made by bees from the nectar they collect from flowers. Viscous and fragrant, it's…

    • juice ½ lemon



      Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

    • 8 merguez sausages (optional)
    • 2 preserved lemons, homemade (see recipe below) or bought, pulp scooped out, rinsed and finely sliced
    • 2 mint sprigs, to serve



      There are several types of mint, each with its own subtle difference in flavour and appearance.…

    • harissa, to serve (see recipe below)



      This hot, aromatic paste made from chilli and assorted spices and herbs is spicy and…


    1. For the marinade, roast the spices in a dry pan for a couple mins until fragrant. Put remaining marinade ingredients in a blender and process to a smooth paste, then add the roast spices and blend again to combine. Place the lamb in a large bowl and pour over the marinade. Leave in the paste overnight, or for at least 2 hrs to absorb all the flavours.

    2. Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. In a large roasting tin, big enough to fit the meat in one single layer, heat the oil and place over a high heat on the hob. Remove the meat from the marinade, wiping off and reserving any excess, then brown shanks on all sides in the hot oil.

    3. Add remaining marinade to the dish along with the carrots, onions and prunes, then pour in 1 litre water. Cover the dish tightly with foil and cook in a low oven for 3½-4 hrs until the meat is tender and falling away from the bone. Add the honey, lemon juice and seasoning and keep warm.

    4. If using, fry the sausages until cooked through, then add to the tagine. Serve the meat in a large bowl with the sauce spooned over, then scatter with the preserved lemons and mint, and serve the harissa on the side.

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    9th May, 2019
    Used only chuck tender beef in chunks, 4 tbsp of oil, 100 ml lemon juice and only 1/2 tsp turmeric (1 tbsp is quite a lot). And yes just over 1/2 litre water was perfect. Came out quite well, though a tad too lemony (And I am a lemon maniac!). Next time I would reduce it to about 60 ml lemon juice.
    21st Jun, 2015
    I have tried this dish and I if I was to make it again I would not add 1 litre of water to the dish it is far to much but other than that it has great flavour
    7th Sep, 2014
    One of the best lamp tagine I had till date, will do it again. I tried it over the weekend in my pure clay Tagine; it was amazing, soft, juicy and lovely flavor. My friends loved it. The food cooked in it tastes much better. The unique steam locker lid seal steam & water soluble nutrients inside to give you the best flavor and healthy too. I got mine from mecware.US, website dedicated to the art of clay cooking.
    3rd Dec, 2013
    Well, I used diced lamb neck on the bone instead of shanks. I marinated for 48 hours as a friend came round with some fresh fish and that took precedence. I cooked it for 2 hours on the first day then it got too late to eat so we had something else. Then I cooked it for another 2 hours as a friend came round and it would have been rude to carry on with dinner when they were there, so it was a bit over done by the end. But next time I will do it exactly the same... it was delicious!! I served with the recommended harissa, saffron yoghurt (mint, saffron, lemon juice, garlic and Total Greek yoghurt), couscous with cucumber and pomegranate seeds, AMAZING! (Oh and didn't do the sausages and forgot the lemon).
    28th Jun, 2012
    Had this for dinner tonight,I used lamb leg steaks marinated over night.Well worth the effort. will make it again over xmas when all the kids are home. Oh served it with couscous.
    4th Mar, 2012
    Will leave a comment once I've attempted this.
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