Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Moroccan Meslalla olives in chermoula

Now that Meslalla has become edible after a few days of water treatment and care, Moroccan households usually marinate it with a lemony chermoula mix and serve it as a starter in every meal.

In my last trip to Morocco, my mother shared with me a new recipe she's come up with to make an even better marinated meslalla and I can't have enough since I discovered it.

This recipe keeps well in the fridge for a month. It can be served as a starter or can be used for cooking (recipes will follow).


On their own, these marinated olives make a good snack


Ingredients
For 750g of meslalla
Prep: 10 min - Cooking: 25 min

First Meslalla boiling stage

  • 750g of meslalla ready to use (see post for more details), pitted
  • 2 tbps of salt
  • 3 tbps of lemon juice or a few wedges of lemon

Ingredients for chermoula simmering stage
  • 1 cup of tomatoes, grated 
  • 1 medium-size onion, grated or finely chopped
  • 3-5 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 tbps of tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup of chopped coriander and parsley 
  • 1 tsp of ground ginger
  • 1 tsp of cumin
  • 1 tbps of sweet paprika (optional)
  • 1 tbps of harissa or to taste
  • 2 tbps of lemon juice
  • 150 ml of water
  • 2 tbps of extra virgin olive oil

Option (add during cooking)

  • 3 tbsps of agriche (Khlii' sediments) or 
  • strips of khlii (Moroccan cured and preserved meat

The olives have been marinated all the way through. They're almost all
 pitted without effort.

Preparation

Boil the meslalla olives for 10 mins in water, salt and lemon. Drain.

This steps corrects any bitterness in the olive especially if you are using it in its early days of processing (see previous post).


Next, mix all ingredients mentioned in the second step, leaving the olive oil for the end. Cover and let simmer for 5 minutes over medium heat.

Add boiled and drained meslalla and stir. Cover and cook for another 10 minutes. The sauce should have reduced to nothing by now. If not, make sure you increase the heat and reduce it.


You could add the chopped herbs at the same time as the olives. I actually prefer it that way.


Add the olive oil and stir. Set aside to cool. Store in airtight containers in a cold place for up to a month.



Serve cold.



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