Tagine of Lamb With Caramelized Onions Recipe

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Tagine of Lamb With Caramelized Onions
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  1. Combine the spice-mix ingredients, then set them aside in a tightly sealed container.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring frequently, 20-25 minutes or until golden. Add raisins, cinnamon, salt, and pepper; continue cooking 5 minutes or until onions are caramelized. Set onion mixture aside. (This can be prepared a day or two ahead and refrigerated.)
  3. While onion mixture cooks, pat lamb dry. Sprinkle spice mix in shallow dish. Coat lamb on both sides; set aside. (Lamb can be prepped up to 8 hours ahead and refrigerated.)
  4. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in skillet on medium-high heat. Sear lamb on both sides so spices adhere to it. Reduce heat to medium.
  5. For medium-rare meat, cook lamb 5-6 minutes on each side or until thermometer registers 145°; for medium, cook 8-10 minutes on each side or until thermometer registers 160°. Transfer to a serving platter or tagine dish; keep warm.
  6. Add broth to the pan, scraping to loosen browned bits. Add the honey, reduce sauce to 1/2 cup (about 4 minutes), and pour over lamb. Spoon lamb mixture over couscous; top with onions (reheat if necessary) and sprinkle with toasted almonds, if desired.
  7. Tagine tips:
  8. Our recipes call for a skillet, but you can also cook using a tagine dish. If you use a heavy cast-iron enamel tagine such as All-Clad's or Le Creuset's, cut the liquid in the recipe by half; the dish's tight seal doesn't allow as much evaporation as a regular pan's.
  9. A tagine dish holds a limited amount of food, so use a small Dutch oven to make big amounts.
  10. For a dramatic table presentation in keeping with Moroccan custom, set the dish in the center of the table, slowly lifting the lid to release the heady aromas and show off the colorful meal inside.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 3480.44 Kcal (14572 kJ)
Calories from fat 1804.87 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 200.54g 309%
Cholesterol 431.6mg 144%
Sodium 4854.38mg 202%
Potassium 2588.72mg 55%
Total Carbs 278.06g 93%
Sugars 73.82g 295%
Dietary Fiber 14.51g 58%
Protein 133.62g 267%
Vitamin C 3.6mg 6%
Iron 13.2mg 73%
Calcium 258.6mg 26%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 152.36 Kcal (638 kJ)
Calories from fat 79.01 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8.78g 309%
Cholesterol 18.89mg 144%
Sodium 212.5mg 202%
Potassium 113.32mg 55%
Total Carbs 12.17g 93%
Sugars 3.23g 295%
Dietary Fiber 0.64g 58%
Protein 5.85g 267%
Vitamin C 0.2mg 6%
Iron 0.6mg 73%
Calcium 11.3mg 26%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 85.5
  • 93

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low cholesterol

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium,
  • High in Sugar,
  • High in Total Fat

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