It’s about that time! Bring on the Moroccan Dinner Party Menu and all the mint tea please!
Our Moroccan adventure a few months back was one for the record books. We packed it full of incredible food, tons of adventure and a lot of spa time (it’s where I live my best life). You know my favorite thing to do after an epic trip like that is to bring it home and turn it into a dinner party, so that’s exactly what we’ve got going on today!
Moroccan food is loaded with tons of fun spices, herbs, nuts and dried fruit… the works. And guess what – it’s super healthy! Perfect for the new year. I took the best of the best from our time in various parts of the country and gave it my west coast spin. There’s a tagine, tons of herbed couscous, the most incredible harissa olives you’ll ever have in your life and more! It tastes like you’re wandering the food stalls in the souks and your kitchen will smell incredible! It’s the perfect dinner party menu for no matter who’s coming over! Picky eaters will love it, and adventurous eaters will appreciate a fun new spin on a dinner menu! Ready to see what we’ve got in store… here we go!
Let’s start at the beginning…
Every meal in Morocco, no matter what part of the country you’re in, starts the same way… mint tea!! There’s no real recipe for it – just hot water and fresh mint leaves! It’s refreshing and clears your palate and I drank approx 3990384 glasses of it a day and I haven’t stopped since returning home. Some people like to add black tea as well – but we all know I don’t handle caffeine all that well 🙂
We’ve got 2 appetizers on deck…
Marinated Green Harissa Olives – if you’re obsessed with olives like me, Morocco is your place. Every market is lined from floor to ceiling with olives of every shape and color! Just toss your fav olives with my harissa sauce to give them an extra punch. The result: perfection.
Roasted Eggplant Dip aka Zaalouk with Homemade Naan – Guys, we have to talk about Zaalouk. It’s a north African version of baba ganoush and I don’t think I’ve ever loved eggplant more than this. Serve it up with homemade flatbread and the rest is history.
And then onto the main course…
Moroccan Tomato Salad – this simple salad was my LIFE in Morocco. I ordered it at every single meal and I could never get enough. It’s perfect and compliments any main course perfectly.
Chicken Tagine with Olives – oh man did we have a lot of tagine!! It was the main dish on every table and we tried chicken, beef, lamb, goat, seafood and even an egg tagine. So I upped the ante on everything we had in Morocco and made an even better recipe! One that doesn’t actually require a tagine because you can bet I wasn’t hauling that thing home!
Herbed Couscous – I’m not going to lie to you, by the end of the trip you couldn’t have paid me to eat any more couscous. But in my defense, in Morocco they just serve it plain, and I always need a little more pizzazz in my life. So, I brightened it up with herbs and some citrus because it makes everything better, always!
And to finish it all off with a simple dessert…
just whip up an assorted fruit platter and throw some dates and turkish delight on it! Whatever is in season is perfect. Here you’ll find a variety of winter produce, but truly you could serve just about anything and it would make sense!
I am so excited you are making one of my recipes and I would love to see how it turns out. Make sure to share it on instagram and tag me @whatsgabycookin so I can see your masterpiece!