Herb smen

Herb smen

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From
A Month in Marrakesh
Serves
6
Photographer
David Loftus

Smen is a prized cooking oil made from clarified butter, that’s then aged until it has a strong flavour. In Morocco, you can find all types of smen in the markets. It’s used in soups and tagines, and most commonly as a rub for mechoui lamb.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
250g unsalted butter
2 tablespoons dried oregano
2 tablespoons finely chopped dried bay leaves
2 tablespoons dried mint
1 tablespoon sea salt

Method

  1. Mix 250g unsalted butter, 2 tablespoons dried oregano, 2 tablespoons finely chopped dried bay leaves, 2 tablespoons dried mint and 1 tablespoon sea salt in a bowl until well combined then transfer to a Kilner-style jar, or other wide-mouthed jar, until ready to use. It’s best to keep it as long as possible, at least a week, before using, and the mixture will keep indefinitely if stored in the fridge. The longer you keep the smen the stronger it will taste.
Tags:
Morocco
Moroccan
Marrakesh
Africa
African
North African
Month
A Month in Marrakesh
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