Armchair Traveling: 7 Dishes for a Moroccan Dinner Party

Cumin, cinnamon, mint, and lemon: these are the flavors we most strongly associate with Moroccan cuisine. When you start thinking of these spices in terms of nutty pilafs and rich tagines, a Moroccan-themed dinner party practically writes itself.

Cooked Wild Greens Salad from Saveur - Cumin and lemon transform this dish of simple steamed greens.

Moroccan Baby Carrot Salad from 101 Cookbooks - A classic sweet-savory side dish.

Squash and Chickpea Moroccan Stew from Smitten Kitchen - With slivered almonds, preserved lemons, and green olives, oh my!

Lamb Tagine with Prunes and Cinnamon from Gourmet - Slow-cooked until the meat practically melts into the sauce.

Shrimp and Vegetable Tagine with Preserved Lemon from Food & Wine - Ginger and sweet paprika give this dish a kick.

Yogurt Cake from Epicurious - A simple dessert is just the ticket after such a rich meal.

Almond Pastries in Honey Syrup from Leite's Culinaria - Then again, you can't go wrong with sweet and crunchy.

What Moroccan dishes do you love?

Related: Word of Mouth: Tagine

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