Stuffed dried apricots - Mechmach mâammar

Stuffed dried apricots – Mechmach mâammar

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Today’s post has been put together by a friend of mine who shares with me the love for everything Moroccan. We share similar interests when it comes to finding the origin of Moroccan recipes and how they’re done across the country.

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Moroccan Sephardi stuffed dried apricots

Moroccan Sephardi stuffed dried apricots. Credit @Nada Kiffa

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She is a very knowledgeable person who constantly looks for ways to promote Moroccan culture and traditions and she does it so beautifully.

When I asked her to write a guest post for the blog, she was so kind to accept and come up with a wonderful recipe from the magical word of Moroccan Sephardi Cuisine. Happy reading and cooking!

Stuffed dried apricots or mechmach mâmmar is a very old Jewish Moroccan recipe.

Moroccans Jews are known for having a rich repertoire of stuffed fruit dishes, such as stuffed fresh medlar (mzah), dried apricots, dried prunes and so on.

Moroccan Jewish cooking is mild and uses spices which are different from the usual ones used in the common Moroccan cuisine. The main spices used are cinnamon, mace, nutmeg, bay leaves and white pepper.

This recipe was adapted from the book : “La cuisine Juive Marocaine”, by Lévy-Mellul Rivka.

Stuffed dried apricots – Mechmach mâammar

Moroccan Sepharid cuisine is rich and flavoursome. Jews are known for having a rich repertoire of stuffed fruit dishes, such as stuffed fresh medlar (mzah), dried apricots, dried prunes etc..You could follow the same recipe for different dried fruits.

  • 500 gram dried apricots (rinsed with hot water )

For the stuffing

  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1 onion (yellow or brown, finely chopped)
  • 200 gram minced meat
  • 1 tbsp parsley (finely chopped)
  • salt (to taste)
  • ¼ tsp ginger (ground)
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon (ground)
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg (ground)
  • ¼ tsp mace (ground)
  • ¼ tsp white pepper (ground)
  • ⅓ tsp black pepper (ground)
  • 4 tbsp water

For the sauce

  • 2 tbsp oil (or clarified butter (smen, or ghee) )
  • pinch spices (ginger, white pepper, cinnamon, mace, nutmeg, saffron threads)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 100 ml water (or enough to cover the apricots)
  1. In a pan, melt the butter and fry the onion until translucent.

  2. In a bowl, mix the fried onion with the rest of the ingredients for the meatballs. Make small balls (hazelnut size) with the minced meat mixture.

  3. If the apricots you are using are large, make larger meatballs.

  4. Open the apricots with a sharp knife, along one side so they partially resemble to open clam shells.

  5. In a pan, reheat the clarified butter. Add the stuffed apricots and the rest of the ingredients. Cover with enough water. Cover the pan and cook until the apricots are soft.

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2 thoughts on “Stuffed dried apricots – Mechmach mâammar

  1. You know, this recipe has been very loosely adapted from a Moroccan Jewish one for one glaring reason: Jews never have meat and dairy products (in this case butter) in the same recipe, it is against kosher rules. The meat should surely be browned in oil and the same for the stuffed apricots at the end. Otherwise the recipe is superb!

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  2. You are absolutely right! However, she mentioned that it was adapted was adapted from the book : \”La cuisine Juive Marocaine\”, by Lévy-Mellul Rivka. I guess she meant not literally followed the recipe to its bits.

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