Moroc’ and Roll: Our Favorite Moroccan Dishes

Every day, we notice more and more eaters stepping out of their comfort zones to try a new world cuisine. While not as widespread as Italian or Chinese cuisine, Morocco has a food culture that is varied and surprisingly deep; dishes often take bits of Arabic, Spanish, Berber, and Mediterranean food and combine them into something wholly unique. Take your customer’s tastebuds on a north African journey with these choice Moroccan dishes.

Tagine

Tagine is so delicious that actor Ryan Gosling literally opened a Moroccan restaurant in Beverly Hills and named it Tagine. We totally agree with “The Notebook” star on this one; the slow cooked stew is an amazing mix of sweet spices and savory ingredients. While there are numerous tagine variants, most work with cinnamon, saffron, ginger, and a variety of veggies and proteins.

  • Fun Fact: “Tagine” actually refers to the pot the dish is cooked in. 

Harira

During the month of Ramadan, Moroccans traditionally break their daily fast with this delicious soup. Its mixture of tomatoes, lentils, fresh herbs, and seasoned lamb is the perfect way to start a meal. If you’re looking for a dish that’s both light and flavorful, harira is a great bet. 

Couscous

For our money, couscous is the most famous Moroccan dish of all. Widely considered to be a staple food, couscous has been filling bellies since the early 7th century. To add some extra flair to any standard couscous dish, consider adding almonds, orange flower water, or some spicy harissa! Additionally, be sure to put some dates on the side for an extra pop of sweetness. 

Gazelle Horns

No, we’re not talking about literal gazelle horns here. This dish takes inspiration from Morocco’s French history to create a delicate pastry that’s flavored with orange flower water, cinnamon, and a generous dosing of powdered sugar. Serve with mug of nous nous (half espresso and half steamed milk) and enjoy. 

Moroccan Mint Tea

Besides being absolutely delicious, mint tea is extremely important in day to day Moroccan culture. The tea is served throughout the day, generally as a sign of hospitality to visiting guests or friends. To prepare, simply combine the proper mixture of green tea, mint leaves, sugar, and water and pour the Moroccan way; continually raise the teapot as you pour into the glass.

Pastilla

Pastilla is one of the richest savory dishes the Berber world has to offer. Although this complex meat pie historically called for fledgling pigeons, modern interpretations swap in shredded chicken thighs to great effect. Add in crowd pleasing ingredients like dried apricots, honey, and cardamon for a pastry that’s guaranteed to leave a mark.