These classic mainstays include Tunisian fish-and-vegetable stew and Moroccan-spiced lamb chops.
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Garlicky Eggplant Salad with Tomato Sauce
Like many Moroccan salads, this super-silky and intensely flavored version of ratatouille is made from spiced or sweetened cooked vegetables that are mashed rather than cut into pieces. Like Italian antipasti, Moroccan salads are often served as an appetizer.
Susan Feniger's sweet-and-tangy marinated chicken skewers are adapted from her new book, Street Food. They are flavorful enough to eat on their own, but they're even better with the chunky currant-and-olive relish.
Harissa, a garlicky North African chile sauce, is usually served with couscous and stews. The homemade harissa featured here is supersimple to prepare, and any extra will keep in the refrigerator for up to a week, but jarred versions available at specialty markets make a fine substitute.
Moroccan cooks typically use a special pot called a couscoussier (which resembles a large double boiler with holes in the upper pan) to make perfectly fluffy couscous. We substituted a cheesecloth-lined bamboo steamer set over a cast-iron casserole for similar results, but if you are pressed for time, simply use the instant couscous method from the back of the box.
Hot mint tea is a favorite in Morocco, where it's served in small glasses any time of day or night. It's very sweet and packed with mint flavor. We love it cold as well; let the tea cool completely and then strain it into ice-filled glasses.
Carrots, turnip, zucchini, potatoes and cod simmer in a spicy tomato broth redolent of garlic and cumin. The spiciness here comes from red-pepper flakes, but feel free to use the fiery Tunisian hot sauce harissa if you can get hold of some. Serve the fragrant stew with steamed couscous, which all absorb the generous quantity of broth.