A few months back we wrote about the Floral Flavors food trend for 2018. Well, another food trend for 2018 is Middle Eastern Flavors, including Moroccan cuisine. Middle Eastern flavors and dishes have been migrating west for years now, with popular foods like pita, hummus, falafel and tabouleh to name just a few American favorites.
In 2018, Whole Foods predicts that Persian, Israeli, Moroccan, Syrian and Lebanese cuisine will be increasingly trendy. Perhaps you’ve already seen some of the flavors and dishes popping up on menus and at local supermarkets. Known for bold seasoning, spices and ingredients such as zaatar, cardamom, harissa, mint, parsley, eggplant and pomegranate give flair to many Middle Eastern dishes.
Along this same vein, Charmoula is a Moroccan sauce made mostly from fresh herbs and is used to season, flavor and marinate meats, fish and vegetables. It’s so delicious, though, we know you will enjoy it on almost anything. Even straight from the spoon!
Get trendy and up the taste of your foods by preparing charmoula. Here’s how:
- 1 ½ cups of fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1 ½ cups of fresh parsley, chopped
- 1 tbsp of dried cumin or freshly toasted and ground cumin seeds (use a mortar and pestle)
- 2 cloves of fresh garlic, peeled
- Pinch of salt, to taste
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- ¾ cup of La Española Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Place all ingredients in a food processor and chop until combined, but not pureed. Remove from processor and stir in the olive oil. Add additional salt or pepper to taste. Use right away or store in the fridge for up to one week.
Charmoula is easy to make in your own kitchen, with relatively simple ingredients and technique. We’re pretty sure you’ll love it!