Moroccan cuisine makes good use of Morocco's indigenous almonds. These traditional Moroccan recipes all call for fried almonds as either a garnish or ingredient. See How to Blanch, Peel and Fry Almonds if you're not familiar with frying almonds.
Mrouzia – sometimes spelled M'rouzia – is a sweet and spicy Moroccan tagine traditionally prepared for special occasions or in the days following Eid Al Adha, or Eid Al Kabir. The almonds can either be stewed or fried.
Use either chicken or lamb in this Moroccan recipe for Couscous Tfaya. Tfaya refers to the sweet and spicy caramelized onions and raisins served with this dish. Some versions include chick peas.
Cinnamon and honey are surprisingly delicious additions to this Moroccan tagine of chicken and tomatoes. A garnish of toasted sesame seeds and fried almonds add nutty contrast.
Seffa Medfouna is a famous Moroccan dish which features saffron chicken, lamb or beef hidden within a dome of steamed couscous or broken vermicelli (chaariya). The couscous or vermicelli is sweetened with raisins, butter and powdered sugar and decorated with ground fried almonds, cinnamon and additional powdered sugar.
Chicken Bastilla is Morocco's famous chicken pie. A light, crispy pastry shell conceals savory saffron chicken, spicy omelet stuffing, and crunchy topping of fried almonds sweetened and flavored with orange flower water. A garnish of powdered sugar and cinnamon adds to the fabulous blend of flavors.
Beef or lamb with prunes is a classic Moroccan dish that combines sweet prunes and meat with the fragrant spices of ginger, saffron, cinnamon and pepper. It's often served at holiday gatherings, weddings and other special occasions with crusty bread for scooping up the meat and sauce.
Sellou is a unique Moroccan sweet made from sesames, fried almonds and flour that has been browned in the oven. Packed with calories and nutrients, it's traditionally served during Ramadan and after childbirth, when there's greater need to restore energy and maintain good health. It might also be served at Eid, weddings and other special occasions.
Delicious and easy to make, this classic Moroccan recipe combines dried apricots and meat stewed with saffron, cinnamon, ginger and pepper. Fried almonds are scattered over the tagine as a garnish.
This easy Moroccan tagine features meat cooked until tender with saffron, ginger and pepper, and then topped by soft dates in a cinnamon-flavored syrup. Sesame seeds and fried almonds are traditional garnishes.