Slow Cooker "Tagine" of Mutton with Lemon and Olives
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Moroccan
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Serves: 4
The best olives for this dish are green, ripe Moroccan style olives, but any green olive can be successfully substituted. Traditionally in Moroccan cuisine, preserved lemons would be used, but I substituted fresh organic lemons with equally good results, making the recipe more easily accessible. Feel free to use preserved lemons when present. I have linked to the products from my affiliate partners that I personally use and recommend. If you purchase through one of these links, I may earn a small commission.
  • 2 pounds mutton shoulder meat cut in 2" cubes (mutton stew meat from other cuts can be also used)
  • 1 pinch of saffron
  • ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cayenne
  • ½ teaspoon freshly grated black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • Celtic sea salt
  • ¼ cup ghee
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 1 small bunch fresh parsley
  • 1 small bunch fresh cilantro
  • 1 cup green olives, drained and pitted.
  • 2 organic fresh lemons or 2 preserved lemons
  • the juice of 1 organic lemon
  1. Mix all the dry spices together with few good pinches of celtic sea salt. Add to a food processor.
  2. Now add the onion, the cilantro and parsley, cleaned and trimmed to the food processor and mix well together, without overblending, so small chunks still show.
  3. Put the ghee, onion, and spice mixture in a slow cooker and add the mutton meat.
  4. With a spoon or your hands mix well until the meat is coated with the spices.
  5. If you are using fresh lemons wash them really good and cut them in 4. If using preserved lemons remove and discard the pulp, then add to the slow cooker.
  6. Cook on low for 4 hours.
  7. For the last half hour add the pitted olives and the lemon juice.
  8. Adjust of salt before serving.
  9. You can serve this with Moroccan style couscous, brown rice or if Paleo with cauliflower rice.
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