This Moroccan beef stew with dates produces fork-tender meat that falls off the bones. The contrasting flavors from the sweet dates and hot spicy paprika create a flavorful gravy that is absolutely delicious over steamed rice or couscous.
Trim off excess fat from the meat. Using a sharp chef's knife and sturdy cutting board cut the beef into large bite-size cubes and set aside.
Season with salt, pepper, and toss in the flour – coat well.Tip - The flour gives these that toasted brown look and will help thicken the sauce later.
In a pan or Dutch oven pot over medium heat sear the beef on all sides. Tip - Cook 2 minutes on one side before you turn over. Then cook 2 minutes on the other side as well.
Once the beef is browned – add in the chopped onions, garlic, and ginger – saute a minute.
Then, add the tomato paste, spices (paprika, cinnamon and cumin) – broth, and bay leaves.
Season again with salt and pepper and sprinkle the chopped dates all over making sure they do not clump in one place. Combine well.
Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer on low for one hour or two until the meat is fork-tender. Add ¼ to ½ cup water if necessary to prevent it from sticking at the bottom.Tip - Depending on the cut of meat you use, it will take between 1 to 2 hours. For example, brisket takes me almost 2 hours, stew meat makes just 1 ½ hour or less
When cook to fork-tender, adjust gravy by adding a bit more water depending on how you going to serve it.Tip - If you serve it with chapati, naan, or roti - keep it thick. If you serve with rice, add a little water to make a gravy.
Alternatively, transfer to a slow cooker or crockpot, and cook until the meat is fork-tenderTip- You can cook for 6 to 8 hours on low or for 3 to 4 hours on high. Personally, I like cooking on low so the meat is moist, juicy and fork-tender
Place couscous in a bowl, stir in the oil. Season with salt and pepper and add the boiling water.
Cover and let rest for 5 mins then fluff with a fork. Add in the herbs and chopped dates
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