Welcome to our recipe page! Please click the links below to explore our Spanish and Moroccan recipes, some cooking guidelines, as well as an introduction to our chef. Please do not hesitate to contact us or come by the store to get helpful tips. Sure to add flavor, aroma and spice in your life.

 

  • Spanish Recipe: Seafood Paella new!
  • Spanish Recipe: Paella Valenciana new!
  • Moroccan Recipe: Tagine of Chicken
  • Moroccan Recipe: Matboukha

  • Guidelines: Polished Steel Paella Pan Care Instructions new!
  • Guidelines: Tagine, Tangia and the Ceramic Couscoussier Curing and Seasoning
  • About: Chef Casablanca

     

    Looking for a traditional Spanish recipe? The key to making successful paella is to:
      • Use a good-quality, home-made stock if time permits.
      • Use ”Bomba” rice.
      • Allow rice grains to cook in the oil for a couple of minutes before adding the stock.
      • Use crumbled ”saffron” strands to bestow the famous yellow color rather than cheaper, powdered colorants, as saffron will also impart a wonderful aroma.

    Authentic Spanish Seafood Paella

    Serves 4

    Ingredients

    Preparation

    • Heat oil in pan and sauté garlic until golden but not burned.
    • Add tomatoes, ”Tomate Frito” peas, shrimp and saffron.
    • Cook for a few minutes.
    • Add Bamba rice, stir well, cook 2 minutes, and then add stock, green peas, and 2 TSP of ”paella seasoning” .
    • Simmer for about 20 minutes.
    • Decorate with seafood a few minutes before rice is cooked.
    • 3-6 ”Piquillo Peppers” (sliced into strips) plus a few strips to use as garnish.
    • Cover paella with lid to poach seafood.
    • Stand for 8 minutes before serving.

    Enjoy your paella!

    Paella Valenciana - Paella from Valencia

    Serves 4

    Ingredients

    • 4 cups ”Bomba” rice
    • 8 cups fish stock
    • 8 king-sized prawns/langoustines
    • 8 pieces Split Chicken Wings or Wing Drumettes
    • 8 mussels
    • 200 grams shrimp
    • 3-6 ”Piquillo Peppers” (sliced into strips) plus a few strips to use as garnish
    • 200 grams peas (fresh or frozen)
    • 2 tomatoes, skinned and chopped
    • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
    • 3 strands ”saffron” , crumbled
    • ”Olive oil” for frying

    Preparation

    • Sauté garlic in paella-type pan.
    • Add the chicken and cook for 5 to 10 minutes under medium-high heat.
    • Add tomatoes, peas, shrimp and saffron.
    • Cook for a few minutes.
    • Add rice and stock.
    • Simmer for approximately 20 minutes.
    • Decorate with prawns and mussels a few minutes before rice is cooked.
    • Cover paella with a lid.
    • Poach seafood for a few minutes.
    • Decorate with lemon quarters and ”Piquillo Peppers” .

    Enjoy!

    Tagine of Chicken, Preserved Lemons and Olives

    Serves 6-8

    Ingredients

    • 2 whole chickens
    • 3 onions chopped
    • 10 crushed cloves of garlic
    • 1 tsp of ginger or fresh ginger
    • A little bit of ”saffron”
    • ¼ cup of ”olive oil”
    • Salt
    • ¼ glass of water
    • ¼ cup of fresh lemon juice
    • 4 ”preserved lemon” cut into slices
    • 2 cups of Moroccan preserved red olives

    Preparation

    Cut into serving sized pieces or similar amount of chicken breasts (preferably 2 whole free ranch chickens), clean, drain and rub the chicken with fresh lemons and salt. Leave it in the fridge overnight if possible or for 1 hour then rinse and drain again.

    Mix the garlic, black pepper, ginger, saffron, salt, onion and 1/4 of olive oil than rub the chicken with the mixture and leave it for 1 hour for the meat to absorb all the spices.

    Put olive oil, chicken and all the ingredients in a Tagine such as: onions, garlic, saffron, ginger, lemon juice, salt and water. Mix and cover then let cook on a medium fire, till the chicken is almost cooked, add preserved lemon slices, olives, and cook for 5 minutes on a low fire.

    Present the chicken, watered with sauce and decorated with olives and preserved lemon slices.

    Matboukha

    (Baked Green, Red or yellow peppers and tomatoes with poivron rouge)

    4-6 servings

    Ingredients:

    • 8 ripe tomatoes
    • 8 red, green or yellow peppers
    • ¼ cup of chopped parsley
    • 1 tbsp poivron Rouge
    • 2 tsp Cumin
    • ½ tsp salt or as needed
    • 8 crushed cloves of garlic( you can use less or more as you like)
    • ½ cup of ”olive oil”
    • 2 tbsp of regular white vinegar

    Preparation

    Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Wash the vegetables then put the tomatoes and peppers inside the oven to bake for 20 minutes. (Keep an eye on the tomatoes as they tend to bake faster). Take the tomatoes and peppers out of the oven and peel the skin off and take off the seeds.

    Cut them in small peaces about 1/2 inch than put aside.

    In a separate pan put a ¼ of olive oil, thinly chopped garlic, cumin, paprika, and salt to sauté for five minutes.

    Then add the tomatoes and peppers to the pan and stir. Mix all the ingredients until the sauce thickens.

    Add ¼ of olive oil on top and sauté for another 10 minutes.

    Set it aside to cool down.

    Then add 2 tbsp of white vinegar.

    Serve on a large platter decorated with preserved lemons wedges and parsley.

  • Polished Steel Paella Pan Care Instructions


    Polished Steel Paella Pan

    Stainless Steel Paella Pan

    Using your pan for the first time

    Before you can enjoy your new pan for the first time you will need to remove the label and the thin, protective coat of varnish. The easiest way to do this is to first heat the pan very slightly - the label should then peel off very easily. Next bring some water to the boil in the pan and then wash the pan in warm soapy water to remove the varnish. Dry it thoroughly and your pan is now ready to use. Please remember to follow the "Cleaning & storage" section below if you are not going to use your pan immediately.

    Care during use

    This paella pan has been designed for use with gas or a direct flame. Never place an empty pan on a direct heat. Heat your pan slowly and control the heat at all times. Do not use your pan in the oven. Never use in microwave ovens. Use only metal or wooden utensils and never plastic as these pans get extremely hot.

     

    Cleaning & storage

    After using your pan soak it in warm soapy water for about an hour and then clean thoroughly using a scouring pad if necessary. Once it is clean, dry immediately and seal with a thin coating of oil. This is easily done using a piece of kitchen roll dipped in cooking oil wiped over the pan.

    ever allow the pan to air dry after washing and to be left unsealed as it will rust. You may also find that your pan takes on a "seasoned" appearance - do not worry this is perfectly normal. Finally store your pan in a dry place.

    Please note your paella pan is not suitable for use in a dishwasher.

    However, the stainless steel paella is zero maintenance and dish washer safe.

    Please inquire about our ”Moroccan cooking books” .

    Tagine, Tangia and the Ceramic Couscoussier Curing and Seasoning from www.casablancamarket.com

    In order to use your cooking tagine or tangia and get optimum taste from your recipes, it is highly recommended if not mandatory that it is seasoned before initial use. Please follow these simple instructions below for maximum results:

    1. The new tagine, Tangia or cousscousier needs to be first submerged in water for 12 hours (only the pot for the ceramic cousscousier).

    2. Let it dry for 24 hours before use.

    3. Rub the inside of the base and lid with olive oil.

    4. Put in a cold oven and set temperature at 350 F and leave it for 1.5 to 2 hours.

    Please Note:

    • Start cooking with low heat until you see that your tagine is warm then proceed with medium heat and do not increase the heat. Keep it on steady/stable temperature all the way.
    • Do not store food in a tagine/tangia or cousscousier.
    • Do not put the tagine/tangia or cousscousier in the fridge or the freezer
    • Please do not add cold water to a hot tagine or tangia during cooking. Tagine or tangia cannot resist such thermal shocks and can easily crack.

    Tagine Cleaning

    It is recommended that you hand wash your tagine, tangia and the cousscousier. Leave them to dry flat. Do not leave them submerged in soapy water.

    Note:

    Tagines, tangias or ceramic cousscousier sometimes may look chipped on the sides or the top. As tagines are being fired in traditional kilns, they may stick to each other and they are hand separated, which leaves the impression of a chip. Please understand that this is a normal occurrence and in no way is a defect. These tagines are hand-made using basic tools and in somewhat primitive conditions. Small imperfections, such as tight fits and natural color variations are to be expected and valued as part of the non-industrial beauty of the product.

    Most tagines do not have a hole punched on the lid and its presence makes no difference.

    Please inquire about our ”Moroccan cooking books” .

    Thank you for your business!
    Email : Katia@casablancamarket.com
    Phone : (650) 964-3000

    About Chef Casablanca

    Chef Casablanca, a native of Rabat Morocco, inspired by her mom's cooking and the women she was brought up with, is a self-taught chef with a passion of creating fabulous dishes using spices imported from Morocco and organic produce from the farmer's markets around the bay area.

    Signature dishes include chicken with preserved lemons and olives, lamb with almonds and prunes, Matboukha ( baked red, yellow and green bell peppers with poivron rouge), Zalouk ( roasted Egg Plants and spices) sea food basteeya, and couscous casablanca.