I just got 2 tagines, one that is 8 inches and one that is 12 inches. Any suggestions for some great recipes to get started?

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Greenstuff July 27, 2011
Or even older, susan g. Here's a reference to a 1945 recipe : http://news.google.co.uk/newspapers?id=mDEjAAAAIBAJ&sjid=0NkEAAAAIBAJ&pg=6182,1373316&dq=no-knead-bread&hl=en

Just goes to show that there's nothing new under the sun.
 
susan G. July 27, 2011
Regarding the history of the 'no knead' bread, the book No Need to Knead, by Suzanne Dunaway (1999) has been referenced as the predecessor of the Leahy revolution.
 
boulangere July 27, 2011
Okay, story time. TWO? P.S. Paula Wolfert is a treasure.
 
Sagegreen July 27, 2011
Great! Next week I am off to bread baking school at King Arthur. I will be asking lots of questions about flours and tagines.
 
Sam1148 July 27, 2011
@pierino. Thanks, I do remember that credit somewhere back in my brain but yes, credit where it is due.

One thing about the no knead bread. I failed many time using cup measurements..as flours vary by region. Especially AP flour. Only when I used the weight, adjusting for "Gold Medal" AP flour at 135g/cup did I succeed. Going by cups with Gold Medal AP made a very soupy dough that never did come together correctly.

 
Greenstuff July 27, 2011
I do agree. Bittman did credit Jim Lahey in http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/08/dining/081mrex.html but it's worth repeating.

And getting back to Clay Pot Cooking, I've made her Moroccan Fish Tagine with Tomatoes, Olives, and Preserved Lemons a couple of times. A big hit.
 
Sam1148 July 27, 2011
For the 8 inch one. A Spanish tapas dish. Shrimp Ajillo is a good course of a meal.
You needs lots of olive oil tho.
Heat up the tagine in oven to warm it. Put in some oil, layer in paprika, shrimp, red pepper flakes, and some roasted peppers, garlic slices, paprika, and the shrimp. Cover with more oil until the shrimp is swimming in olive oil. Then bake about 15 mins until shrimp is ready and red. (Use pealed shrimp for this as it's quite messy to eat--but so good).
Serve with crusty bread and lemon wedges. In fact with a salad and veggie course or other small dishes it's a meal.
 
pierino July 27, 2011
Sagegreen, the m'hamsa cousous is the standard I keep in my pantry. Paula Wolfert---who I love and respect---will tell you that it's easy to make by hand. It's not. Buy it in the jar.
 
pierino July 27, 2011
Sam, great suggestion on the "no knead" but please give credit where it's due. This bread was developed by Jim Lahey at Sullivan Street Bakery and not Bittman (who often takes credit for more than he should). And yes, you can make it in an earthenware tagine.
 
Sagegreen July 27, 2011
Wow, thanks! This is going to be exciting. My M'hamsa couscous also just arrived. Pierino's recipe looks great. I have the ingredients, too! I will check out Paula's books (I love to guess) and I think I need Bittman's no knead bread, too. I love cauliflower, too. This will get me out of my no cooking mood!
 
Sam1148 July 27, 2011
Make some preserved lemons right away. They're useful in Tagine cooking.

Also the Mark Bittman "no knead" bread bakes very well in a tagine.
Use the weight measurements for the dough. http://blog.khymos.org/2010/12/22/no-knead-bread/
And sub1/8 to 1/4 tsp of dry yeast instead of the raw yeast mentioned--unless you have that on hand.

As for the couscous an alternative is "cauliflower couscous". Pulse the trimmed florets in a food processor until it resembles couscous. Then lightly sauteed with olive oil and a bit of stock, a touch of cumin and garlic. Don't overcook it and make mush---it should be a bit crunchy with just a bit of the raw edge cooked off.
 
pierino July 27, 2011
I agree with Greenstuff's Paula Wolfert recs. She is the Queen of the Tagine, and I love cooking in earthenware. But here's one recipe of my own http://www.food52.com/recipes/1101_big_zombie_mustard_chicken_tagine_with_couscous Thanks for reminding me that it's time to pull out the clay.
 
Greenstuff July 27, 2011
Two! Tell us more!

I really like Paula Wolfert's books, so if you don't have Couscous and other Good Food from Morocco, you should pick it up. Her Mediterranean Clay Pot Cooking: Traditional and Modern Recipes to Savor and Share also has some great recipes for tagines. The editing of Clay Pot Cooking wasn't perfect, so sometimes you have to guess about when an ingredient should be added--but the book is still worth having.
 
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