Spicy potato tagine with olives recipe

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Here's a brief guide to some of the many varieties now available: Bintje - long and thin, with light yellow flesh; forget about mashing or frying, this is the perfect salad potato. Desiree - round, with light yellow flesh; found in most shops and supermarkets, it's a good all-rounder.

Recommended for gnocchi. King Edward - long and oval, with white-pink flesh; very good baked or roasted. Kipfler - long, cigar-shaped, light yellow flesh, rich creamy texture and great flavour; best boiled for a salad or roasted. Nicola - small oblong, with yellow flesh; this is an all-round variety.

Good for gnocchi. Pinkeye - round with pink-blue "eyes" and rich, sweet golden flesh; good for mash or salad, as well as a casserole or curry. Pontiac - round, white fleshed; excellent mashed, roasted or fried.


900g of yellow-fleshed potatoes
3 tbsp of olive oil
1 finely chopped onion
1 chopped tomato
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp cumin
2 cloves garlic
bay leaf
1 lemon
1 handful of chopped parsley
1 handful of chopped coriander and a couple of good
5 saffron threads
24 pitted green olives
preserved lemon (garnish)


This Moroccan dish is adapted from Paula Wolfert's book The Slow Mediterranean Kitchen.

Peel and thickly slice 900g of yellow-fleshed potatoes and place them in a bowl of cold water.

In a heavy saucepan (or well-seasoned tagine) heat 3 tbsp of olive oil and fry a finely chopped onion for 3-4 mins, stirring. Add a chopped tomato, 1/4 teaspoon each of paprika, ground ginger and cumin, and 2 crushed garlic cloves. Stir for 2 mins. Add the drained potatoes, a bay leaf and a quarter of lemon (whole). Toss, then add a handful each of chopped parsley and coriander and a couple of good pinches of salt. Toss, then add 5 saffron threads and 1 1/2 cups of hot water. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer until the potatoes are tender - 40-50 min.

Transfer the potatoes to a warm serving dish and discard the lemon. Add 24 pitted green olives to the liquid remaining in the pot and boil until the juices have reduced to a thick sauce.

Pour over the potatoes and garnish with half a preserved lemon, chopped.
To serve

Serves 4-6 served with couscous or rice.

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