This Moroccan dinner party offers an exotic palate of flavors, aromas and colors to delight all your guests’ senses. Ingredients like couscous, chickpeas and harissa, along with seasonings like cumin, cinnamon and ginger, come together to create a tantalizing taste of a far-away land.
Eye-catching colors, textures and patterns are the perfect backdrop for your Moroccan evening. Use a low table and seating pillows to bring authenticity to the experience, drape the table with a bright Moroccan-print tablecloth, and scatter tea candles around the table for dramatic lighting. For a simple centerpiece, fill a brass platter or wooden bowl with beautiful lemons.
Complete the setting by serving Mint Tea, the traditional beverage at a Moroccan meal. It is easy to create and a pleasure to enjoy: steep green tea and mint leaves in boiling water and sweeten to taste with sugar.
Lamb meatballs, also know as kaftas, are a Moroccan specialty. The accompanying yogurt sauce is seasoned with harissa, a vibrant seasoning paste of dried chiles, garlic and spices.
Tagines are stews that meld sweet and savory flavors. Release the full flavor of saffron by crushing its threads before adding to the tagine.
The richness of Saigon Cinnamon flavors this salad, created by Chef Suzanne Goin of Lucques in Los Angeles. Dates, carrots and toasted pine nuts add color and complexity to the couscous.
Fresh fruit complements this light-textured, delicate cake. Try with an assortment of berries or sliced peaches and blueberries.
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