Based on Donna Hay’s recipe.
1# beef—what cut you select will determine the cooking time
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 can tomatoes or equivalent
4 cups or so beef stock
couple t coriander
oregano, preferably fresh
2 c couscous
Sweat off the onions and garlic with some oil. Add the beef, brown it. Add stock, tomatoes and their juice, bay leaf, cinnamon, coriander, and half a lemon. Squeeze the juice in and then throw the lemon in after removing seeds. Cover loosely, cook over low heat until beef is fork-tender. Time varies on cut—as little as 30 minutes for something tender like rib eye, to a couple of hours for stew meat. Remove lemon after a while so it doesn’t make the dish taste bitter.
Once the beef is tender, raise heat to reduce cooking liquid as desired. Add a handful of fresh chopped oregano, more fresh lemon juice, and salt to finish. Better the second day.
Couscous: Put 2 c boiling H2o and 2 c couscous on a bowl with a dab of butter, let stand a couple of minutes. Then place in a cheesecloth-lined steamer of some sort and steam over beef for 10 minutes. Serve beef over couscous.
You can do the beef all day in a crock pot just as well.
This is just delicious. I cooked it in my crock pot all day, then removed the liquid, reduced it on my stove, and added it back to the stew. Somehow I forgot to deglaze that pan. Won’t do THAT again. Scraping the tidbits out with a spoon is a (tasty) hassle.
Very tasty dish. I also cooked it in the crockpot but left it soupy and had it over wide noodles. I took the beef out at one point and added baby carrots. I must admit to dipping bread into the pot many times while it was cooking. Will def make this again.