the appetizer:

Gifts Cooks Love: Recipes for Giving by Diane Morgan and Sur La Table includes recipes like Arrabbiata Sauce; Moroccan Spice Blend; and Biscotti Christmas Tree.



Moroccan Spice Blend

Makes 2-1/4 cups of spice blend,
     enough to fill three (5 to 6-ounce) spice jars
Prep time: 20 minutes

Moroccan Spice Blend


Pictured, Top To Bottom: Backyard BBQ Rub, Moroccan Spice Blend, Bollywood Coconut Curry Popcorn Seasoning


With nothing more than a bowl, whisk, and set of measuring cups, you can stir together a deliriously exotic spice blend, pack it into spice jars, and like magic have a unique gift for the cooks in your life. This aromatic mix of nine essential spices used in Moroccan cuisine can be the basis for a chicken or lamb tagine. Used as a rub, grilled pork tenderloin or chops get a power surge of flavor and ho-hum potatoes are deliciously vibrant when seasoned and roasted.


  • 1/2 cup ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup Pimentón de la Vera Dulce (sweet smoked paprika)
  • 1/4 cup cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup turmeric
  • 1/4 cup freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 grams saffron threads, finely crushed


Medium Bowl, Measuring Cups, Whisk, Three Spice Jars or Tins

1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the ginger, cumin, paprika, cayenne, cinnamon, turmeric, pepper, and saffron.

2. Divide into 3/4-cup portions and transfer to jars or tins with tight-fitting lids.

  • from:
    Gifts Cooks Love
  • Recipes for Giving
  • by Diane Morgan and Sur La Table
  • Andrews McMeel Publishing 2010
  • Hardcover; 192 pages; U.S.: $25.00 Canada: $29.99
  • ISBN-10: 0740793500
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7407-9350-9
  • Reprinted by permission.

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