Chicken B’stilla + FFwD

I ate in my first Moroccan restaurant in high school.  My girlfriend had her “Sweet 16” at Dar Maghreb, a local restaurant in Hollywood.  I immediately fell in love with the tile, the large, upholstered covered benches, and the short, small tables. The waiters, dressed in traditional Moroccan garments, served us dish after dish of Salades Marocaines(cooked and marinated vegetable salad), B’Stilla(a filo pastry stuffed with chicken, almonds, eggs, and spices), Brochette of beef and shrimp, Couscous, and Roasted Chicken. The dinner always ended with tea, dried fruit and Moroccan cookies.  Dinner lingered for hours and was always best with a large party.

I loved it all, I loved using the bread as my utensils and especially loved eating it all with my hands.  My two favorite dishes were always the salad and the b’stilla.  Before I graduated high school I had attempted to recreate the b’stilla at home. Sadly, I was unsuccessful.  I kept returning to Dar Maghreb over and over again and each time I would eat double portions of my favorites and savor the textures, the spices, the smells, and the tastes.

When I saw that Dorie’s B’stilla was on the menu this week, my senses immediately returned to the flavors of my past.  I was excited to attempt to recreate this recipe from my past.  Thankfully, I was happy with the results.

As soon as the spices hit the stock pot, I could smell the familiar scents. I was happy.   This recipe, with or without the pastry is a delicious blend of sweet and savory. With each bite I was reminded of old friends, old times, and delicious memories.

Chicken B’Stilla
adapted from around my french table
page 222

Showing 27 comments
  • Amanda
    Reply

    This looks/sounds amazing!!! I would love to try it sometime!! You rock girl. 🙂

  • Lucy Lean
    Reply

    Love Moroccan food – and love cooking with Dorie !

    • Susan
      Reply

      Lucy – I LOVE Moroccan food and would love a night out with you!

  • Jackie Papier
    Reply

    This looks so delicious- do you think it could be done with fish or tofu for those of us who don’t eat chicken – altho this looks good enough for me to eat chicken!!!! Yummy!

    • Susan
      Reply

      i think fish would work Jackie! I will ask Dorie her opinion and get back to you! x

  • jocelyn
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    OMG susan you rock. we love Moroccan food and i have tried so many times to find a good recipe for this dish and have been unsuccessful. i will certainly try this one.

    katubia on westwood blvd also has a really good b’stilla.

    we too used to go to Dar Maghreb as well. great spot.

    • Susan
      Reply

      Jocelyn – we should do a girls night out and go to Dar Maghreb! Want to organize with me?? x

      • jocelyn silverman
        Reply

        yes!

  • Kim
    Reply

    This really looks awsome. I think I would enjoy it too! Have a nice week-end Susan!

    • Susan
      Reply

      Kim – it’s delicious! Have a great weekend in “quebec”(sorry about that faux pas!)

  • Anne
    Reply

    Wow, that looks fabulous! I’ve never tried Moroccan food but promise next time I’m near civilization (in LA) I’ll make a point of going to Dar Maghreb. Oh, us poor northerners.

    • Susan
      Reply

      Anne – we should all go to Dar Maghreb together! It is so fun!

  • Betty @ scrambled hen fruit
    Reply

    Beautiful photos! (Love your dish too.) We loved this one.

  • Anne
    Reply

    We can grab Lisa, too. She was salivating over the Moroccan menu today. I think they went out for Moroccan food tonight, and I am jealous! Next time I am in LA … !

  • Summer Rose
    Reply

    I loveeee the memories with this one and i have some too:-))))
    U have a very wonderful B’stilla and i so wanna dig in right away!
    Am very happy to meet u online , ur sweet and warm:-)
    Will cya again around here and huggies for a wonderful weekend!

  • kitchenarian
    Reply

    This was such a great dish I enjoyed making it. I love how the smell of something cooking can transport us back to another era. Love your story and your pictures.

  • marla {family fresh cooking}
    Reply

    Susan, I have never had anything like this & it sounds amazing. A hearty meal indeed!

  • Cher
    Reply

    Susan, you dish looks beautiful and that serving plate is gorgeous.

  • Jen
    Reply

    I’ve never heard of B’stilla, I really need to explore Moroccan cuisine more. Anything with fillo pastry is perfect in my book!

  • stephirey
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    Oh, I love Dar Maghreb, but haven’t been since my young associate days…probably about 18 years ago! So glad you enjoyed this recipe as much as we did. Your photos are quite lovely.

    • Susan
      Reply

      We need a food bloggers dinner at Dar Maghreb, don’t you think!??

  • Chris
    Reply

    You had me at the first picture. Unfortunately, I’ve never tried Moroccan…not that I know of anyway! I am heading over to my Dorie book right now to check this out…

    • Susan
      Reply

      There are so many great flavors in Moroccan food. And I bet you have used so many of the same ingredients, yet in a completely
      different way. B’stilla is a great place to start! Let me know if you make it and whether or not you liked it or not.

  • Sarah Singleton
    Reply

    The salad and b’stilla are always my favorites too. I learned to make it in culinary school but for whatever reason haven’t made it at home–you’ve given me a kick in the pants, so thanks!

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