Sheep Brains of Marrakesh - Gastro Obscura

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Sheep Brains of Marrakesh

Delve into the inner stalls of the city's market and find this prized delicacy.

The expanse of the Jemaa El Fna night market stretches out before you with its many shopkeepers and cooks beckoning you to their tents to sample their wares. Amongst the snake charmers and the mosques bellowing their call to prayer, you will find the best, and most understated dish: the sheep brain.

Skip the outside stalls and delve deep into the market where the locals sit. Amongst the ubiquitous plastic tables you will find vendors selling cooked sheep brain, which is made for both the residents and tourists of Marrakesh. It may seem daunting at first, as it retains the majority of its original shape and structure. But once they delve into this dish, most diners find its buttery and fatty texture quite appealing. Typically it’s cooked with seasonings such as cumin, coriander, turmeric and garlic, then chopped into bits, and accompanied with a sauce. The result is rich, smooth, and aromatic.

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