If you want to come home to the most amazing aroma from your kitchen, this is the recipe to cook! Slow cooker Lamb Tagine is packed full of fruit, vegetables and spices which all fuse together to create a dish which looks as good as it smells!
What is a tagine?
The word “tagine” actually has two meanings.
Firstly, it refers to the traditional North African earthenware dish. It consists of two pieces – a shallow and wide bowl, and a funnelled top. They’re typically made of clay or ceramic, both glazed and unglazed.
Secondly, tagine refers to the slow cooked dish you see here. It’s not always cooked with lamb – sometimes even poultry or fish, but will usually contain fruit and vegetables.
The ingredients are slowly simmered over a consistent temperature in a little liquid. The tall lid on the dish acts as a means to trap the steam and keep the stew moist. Very similar to cooking in a slow cooker!
There are a large selection of ingredients which can be included, the most popular being sweet and sour combinations which are an amazing blend of fruit, meat and spice (cinnamon and cumin are the signature).
This slow cooker Lamb Tagine recipe is a brilliant example and as well as tasting delicious, is full of colour.
It creates quite an impact when you serve it!
What cut of meat should I use for Slow Cooker Lamb Tagine?
It’s best to use lamb neck when slow cooking things like tagines and stews. It’s really flavourful, and contains plenty of fat to break down and keep the meat moist.
As an alternative, look for offcuts which have a bit of marbling through them, or even lamb shoulder. Bear in mind that shoulder requires a little extra cooking time to ensure you get tender juicy meat!
What can I serve with a tagine?
Rice or cous cous work well served with a tagine, and is usually what we choose. You could also opt for bread and traditional north African side salads if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous!
Can I freeze leftover Lamb Tagine?
Yes, absolutely – freeze once cooled, then it’ll keep in the freezer for three months. To reheat, defrost overnight in the fridge and then heat until piping hot all the way through.
Alternatively you can keep leftovers in the fridge for up to three days.
How to make Slow Cooker Lamb Tagine
Slow Cooker Lamb Tagine
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 500 g lamb
- 1 onion – roughly chopped
- 2 carrots – quartered lengthways and chopped
- 2 garlic cloves – crushed
- 400 g chickpeas – (1 tin)
- 200 g dried apricots
- 2 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp coriander – dried
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 tbsp fresh ginger
- 400 g chopped tomatoes – (1 tin)
- 250 ml chicken stock
- fresh coriander – (optional)
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp pepper
- In a large pan, heat the oil over a medium heat and brown the lamb on all sides, then put aside. Add the onions, ginger and carrots, then fry for a few minutes until the carrots are starting to brown.
- Add the garlic and cook for another minute. Tip the lamb back in, then stir in all the spices and cinnamon stick, and add the chopped tomatoes, apricots and chickpeas (if using).
- Transfer to the slow cooker, and cook for 6-8 hours on medium.
- Serve with freshly chopped coriander on top.