Not pancakes, not even crepes, though sometimes referred as such, MSEMMEN are a favorite Moroccan treat. These fried envelopes of puff dough are to die for! Traditionally served all deep-dipped in honey-butter sauce with Moroccan mint tea, they are the best for afternoon tea (or my all time favorite late night late night ceremony).
They are also frequently stuffed with ground meat, sauteed veggies or fruit. (My personal “thing” is banana, cut into circles and sprinkled with cinnamon).
To celebrate the Pancake Week, I decided to do msemmen justice and treat Love on such a Morocco-UN-related occasion 🙂
Stage 1: Oil the work surface. That’s right, fight that instinctive motion to sprinkle flour!
Stage 2: Use your hands to flatten the dough ball into a very thin circle. Forget the dough roller – Moroccans are magicians when it comes to using hands in the kitchen!
Stage 3: Put a table spoon full of filling in the middle. I used chicken liver, cut into tiny pieces, sauteed with onions, tomatoes, spices and cilantro. Love suggested sprinkling it with fresh onions – surely he is the Highest Authority here.
Stage 4: Fold it like an envelope.. Sprinkle some semolina flour on each fold.
Stage 5. This is the funny part. Flatten the envelope. It will get messy. There will be holes and the filling will try to escape. That is why you needed to fold the edges backwards – to provide extra support to the base on this stage. Keep your calm and gently but persistently press your palm over the envelope to flatten it as reasonably possible. The idea here is to flatten and spread the folds of the dough so it is is nice and light when fried. Like so:
Stage 6. Melt couple table spoon fulls of butter. Use your fingers to sprinkle couple drops of melted butter onto a pre-heated frying pan. Turn the heat to low. Fry msemmen on both sides until the dough is cooked. It’ll be easy to tell, honest. Like so:
Stage 7. This one is just for lucky count 🙂 Eat the msemmen!
Hi, I am Elena, a Traveler who has found her Home.
I was born'n'raised in Odessa, on the Black Sea, and love my city passionately. When I was little, I lived in Singapore for 4 years - that is where my life-long love affair with the English language began. Back in Odessa, I was blessed to marry a Moroccan man and fell deeply in love with Morocco as a country, their culture, heritage and cuisine! We moved to the United States in 2011. It was the Relocation of the Lifetime, trust me. Now I am inviting you to share the experience and - maybe, who knows? - you will contract a sparkle of inspiration to transform your own life!
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