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Ras El Hanout     An exotic and complex Moroccan spice blend that, depending on the preparer, can contain up to 50 ingredients. Ras el hanout  means "head of the shop," purportedly because shop owners create their own unique blend, which can include ginger, anise, cinnamon, nutmeg, peppercorns, cloves, cardamom, dried flowers (such as lavender and rose), nigella, mace, galangal and turmeric. Traditionally, this spice blend also includes aphrodisiacs like the Spanish fly beetle.

    If you've got it, but don't know what to do with it, below are some traditional dishes that the spice blend complements nicely.

Soups & Stews  
Fish & Poultry  
Pasta; Grains;
Dried Beans
Cheese & Egg Dishes  

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