Moroccan BBQ Spice Mix

            For a taste of North Africa, try this mix as a rub on meat or fish before grilling. It can also be enjoyed as a seasoning for bean soups and winter vegetable stews. Here are a couple of recipes you may try:

 

Fresh Green Pea Soup:

 

2 cups sliced onions

1 tsp. minced garlic in a tbsp. olive oil

2 tsp. Moroccan BBQ Spice

½ tsp. grated fresh ginger

1 tsp. turmeric

2 chopped tomatoes

1 sweet potato, peeled and diced

3 ½ cups of water

3 cups of fresh (or frozen) green peas

 

Sauté the onions and garlic in the olive oil, adding the spices to the onion mix and stir for a minute.

Add the tomatoes, sweet potato and coat them well with the onion/spice mix.

Add 1½ cups water and bring the soup to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer, covered, for 5 minutes.

Add 2 cups of peas and continue cooking until the peas and sweet potato are tender.

Remove the pot from the stove, add 2 more cups of water, and purée the soup in a food processor.

Season the soup with salt and pepper.

Return to the pot, add another cup of peas and gently reheat before serving.

 

Moroccan Stew:

 

1/3 cup olive oil

3 cups coarsely chopped onions

2 cloves minced garlic

1 tbsp. Moroccan BBQ Spice

¼ tsp. cayenne or chili flakes (more if you like it hotter),

1 cup sliced carrots

4 cups cubed sweet potato or winter squash

3 cups cubed eggplant

1 sliced green or red pepper

4 cups sliced zucchini

2 large tomatoes, chopped.

½ cup raisins or sultanas

1 ½ cups cooked garbanzo beans

Water or tomato juice

¼ cup chopped parsley or cilantro

 

Heat the olive oil in a stew pot and sauté the onions.

Add the garlic, Moroccan BBQ Spice, and cayenne or chili flakes, stirring well to combine.

Next add the carrots, followed by sweet potato or winter squash, eggplant, green or red pepper, zucchini and tomatoes, allowing each addition to cook slightly before adding the next.

Finally add the raisins or sultanas, garbanzo beans and a little water or tomato juice if the stew is on the dry side.

Cover and simmer until the vegetables are tender.

Add chopped parsley or cilantro right before serving.

 

If you like, this stew can be made with the addition of cubed meat of your choice. Sauté with the onions and continue with the rest of the recipe.