Moroccan Beef Stew

I finally tried this recipe out late last week. I was pretty worried at first because I bought “beef for stewing”. I had originally planned to make this dish in my crockpot; however, it was already tied up on the evening I decided to take on the Moroccan project. I cooked it on the stove, but I worried that the  meat wouldn’t be tender enough.

While I probably wouldn’t buy that cut of meat again for this purpose, I thought it turned out pretty well. I had some over a small bed of rice last night, and I really enjoyed the flavors. I might like to boost up the flavors a bit (if I can figure out how), though.

Here is the recipe:

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 3/4 pounds beef tenderloin, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1/2 cup halved pitted Kalamata olives
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1 15-ounce can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon lemon peel

Preparation

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat. Sprinkle beef with salt and pepper. Working in batches, add beef to pan and brown on all sides, about 3 minutes per batch. Transfer to plate. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil, onion, carrot, and garlic to pan. Cook until vegetables are soft, stirring frequently, about 10 minutes. Add spices; stir 1 minute. Add broth, olives, raisins, garbanzo beans, and cilantro; bring to boil. Simmer until juices thicken, about 5 minutes. Add beef and any accumulated juices and lemon peel to pan. Stir to warm through and serve.

Source: Moroccan Beef Stew

My Additional Notes:

  • I bought about 1.25 pounds of beef instead of 1.75 pounds. I liked having a higher vegetable to meat ratio. I may even stick to about 1 pound of meat next time, keeping the vegetables the same. I will have to see how this food will freeze.
  • I would probably down the amount of broth next time, especially if using less meat.
  • I’m not sure who has a pan that can fit almost 2 pounds of beef plus all of those vegetables and other items. I probably couldn’t even fit a pan that size on my tiny stove! I ended up sauteing things separately and putting everything into a pot to stew together.
  • I would really like to try this out in my crockpot next time.
  • As I mentioned, I may try upping some of the spice amounts. I do like it quite a bit as-is, though, so I may decide to not mess around with it!
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