Charmoula | Coriander Parsley Dressing/Marinade
Charmoula ( شرمولة) is a North African Herbal Marinade, an all purpose dressing used a lot in Tunisia and Morocco. It is often used for seafood but works with meats as well as vegetables. When you are looking for a different kind of marinade, something less Masala-ish and more Herby… it is a good choice. It is also great when you have lots of herbs, wanting to be used up 🙂 . We like this marinade with baked chicken wings and grilled shrimp a lot!
Tabil , is a Tunisian Spice Mix, that is often used in North African Cooking, in grilled meats or salads. It lends a deep and earthy flavor with some spicy kick, but it’s the undeniably enticing aroma that I just love so much! A tsp of Tabil mixed with some hung yoghurt and salt makes a great side with grilled meats. You can use it in the Tunisian Grilled Pepper Salad or in the Brik Pastry.. I will be adding more Tunisian recipes here. I sprinkle it towards the end of cooking several grilled dishes and it really wakes things up. If you love to change things up in the flavor department and always have an element of surprise in home cooked food, exotic spice blends come in real handy! Off the shelf, they can be quite expensive but made at home, you can decide how much to stock up on.
Slata Mechouia | Tunisian Grilled Pepper Salad
Slata Mechouia | Tunisian Grilled Pepper Salad is one of the most popular and traditional foods served in Tunisia. If you love dips and are always looking for something different, this is excellent. The combination of peppers, once grilled gives a unique and delicious flavor as well as enticing aroma. Slata Mechouia, pronounced ( S-lata Meshweeya) means ‘Grilled Salad’ in Arabic, but it is more of a grilled salsa than a salad.
Serve with traditional Arabic, or North African breads or toasted pita. According to the variety of peppers used, it can range from mild to spicy, however, the milder ones are more common and preferred. It is customary to top the salad with flaked tuna, olives and boiled egg.. I was skeptical at the addition of tuna but it actually works with the spicy, grilled sweetness of the peppers. Serve with traditional Arabic, or North African breads or toasted pita.
An extremely popular appetizer in Tunisian homes and restaurants.. this is one of my posts honoring all the people I have met from across the world and their wonderful cuisines. Thanks to my high school friend Nadege, for some lovely Tunisian Recipes.
Harissa | North African Spice Paste
Harissa is a North African spice paste, a condiment found everywhere in Morocco and Tunisia. It is also widely used in the Middle East. Popularly used in dips and marinades and can add a spicy kick to just about anything! In mayonnaise, hummus, burgers… the list goes on.
Although there are variations to Harissa, according to region, it is basically a red chilli paste. Fresh chillies or peppers may be roasted and used as well. The type I prefer however, uses only dried, rehydrated chillies. Since not all varieties of dried chillies are available everywhere, I recommend using your favorite. New Mexico and guaijillo chilies are good options. I love these long and mild dried chillies, that I use in most of my cooking. It’s the slightly crinkled type as opposed to those deep red shiny dried chillies. Harissa, made with these smells great too!
Cheese and Bell Pepper Pizza – Moroccan Style
This Delicious Cheese and Bell Pepper Pizza – Moroccan Style has the perfect blend of Cheeses (Mozzarella, Cheddar, Colby and Parmesan) to make it perfectly Cheeselicious!
The delicious home made Pizza Sauce comes with a difference, incorporating ‘Moroccan and Middle Eastern’ influenced spices and herbs. No heavy toppings are required. It’s perfect with just sliced Green Bell Pepper. The perfect cheesiness, paired with scented and aromatic pizza sauce and the fragrance of the green bell peppers makes this PIZZA everyones favorite.
My kids love Pizza – but they are always taking off the toppings! So I make 2 batches : Plain Cheese Pizza for them.
This just might be your new favorite Pizza too! The best part? It’s so easy to make!
Mozzarella, is always the best bet when you want an ooey-gooey-strechy experience. It looks good too!
Mixing in some Cheddar Cheese provides a balanced flavor which goes extremely well with the Mozzerala
Adding a little bit of Colby Grated Cheese, you get a more even colored appearance. It is mild in flavor.
I like to add just a little bit of grated Parmesan for that kick and salty tone and aroma.
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Recipe Name: Cheese and Bell Pepper Pizza – Moroccan Style
Recipe Type: PIZZA RECIPES
Author: Shana c/o Recipes ‘R’ Simple
Prep time: 20
Yield: 4 medium pizza