Happy French Friday! How is your December going? Mine’s been busy, but with fun stuff like a birthday party for my daughter and Christmas preparations. I’ve been decking the halls and trimming the tree!
Thank goodness for last week’s easy French Fridays with Dorie recipe, since I doubled up this week with it and the current week’s recipe. I also have a little bonus at the end of this post!
Lamb and Dried Apricot Tagine
This week the group made a Moroccan-inspired dish called Lamb and Dried Apricot Tagine. Lamb shoulder, onions, tomatoes, and dried apricots were braised slowly in broth infused with exotic spices, including garlic, saffron, ginger, cumin, and cinnamon. To finish, each serving was sprinkled with toasted almonds and chopped cilantro. I served it with plain couscous, which was perfect for soaking up the flavorful sauce.
We liked this! My husband wasn’t sure about the apricots when he saw them, but it turned out he had nothing to worry about. I loved the variety of flavors and textures. A hit for sure!
Tartine de Viande des Grisons
Next up is a simple open-faced sandwich: Tartine de Viande des Grisons. The hardest part about this one was finding the bresaola, a dry-cured beef from Italy. Interestingly, I looked for this at Whole Foods and they didn’t have it, but when I returned a week later they did!
Like I said, this one is simple. Lightly toast a slice of country bread, butter it generously, top with a layer of bresaola, drizzle with a bit of walnut oil, and strew on a few pieces of walnut. Cut and eat!
Yum! This made a lovely little lunch that I enjoyed very much.
Bonus: Red Kuri Soup Redux
Finally, I found a “real” red kuri squash while in Seattle for Thanksgiving. I brought it home and re-made the red kuri soup from a few weeks ago. If you recall, I wasn’t convinced the squash I found here in Reno was really a red kuri squash. Or it least it wasn’t the kind you can find in France. As you can see, the one I found in Seattle looks more “authentic”.
I made the soup again with my new squash. It definitely had a different flavor and we liked it much more. My husband wasn’t comparing this version to boxed soup. Whew! However, I don’t think we liked it as much as the French seem too. I think I will stick with my favorite butternut squash soup recipe. But I am glad to have tried this with the second squash.
I hope you all have a good weekend!