Among the fabulous Moroccan side dishes that deserve treatment as an entree is a cooked salad called taktouka. Made of peeled, seeded tomatoes and roasted green peppers, taktouka is seasoned with garlic, cilantro, paprika and cumin and traditionally eaten with bread as a dip. Seasoning can be quite variable, as can the texture - some Moroccans cook and mash the salad to a puree, while others prefer to cook down only the tomatoes and leave the green pepper pieces intact.
You might need to double this zesty Taktouka Recipe if serving it as a dip with bread for a Meatless Monday main dish. Or, try deviating from Moroccan tradition and serve taktouka on a bed of plain rice or pasta. Orange Slices with Cinnamon and Sugar make a satisfying ending to a spicy meal.
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