Lamb heads are delicacies in Morocco, and surprisingly loved by many Moroccans throughout the country as well as those who visit it. Unfortunately this isn’t a dish you are likely to see me cook for you any time soon
Me, my kids and my husband wouldn’t dream of eating something like this in a million years, but since its a Moroccan tradition I thought I best enlighten my readers with some knowledge on it.
This dish is especially enjoyed in Eid Al Adha where Muslims sacrifice an animal such as a sheep to celebrate the religious ritual of the Holy pilgrimage to Mecca. In Morocco it is most commonly prepared by charring the head until black, the sheep’s head has to be charred over coals to remove the fur, then cleaned really well and drained before cut into 6 or 8 pieces. You may then sprinkle salt, cumin and black pepper on it before putting to steam over some boiling water with onion. Some boil it in a pressure cooker instead of steaming it as it reduces the cooking time greatly. When cooked you can eat it as it is with some cumin and salt but many prefer to then fry, grill or roast it after this for a more crisper texture and appetizing colour.
Here are some links to recipes I found that you may want to try out if you are brave enough to try eating a sheep’s head!
Couscous with Sheep’s head and vegetables
Sheep’s head with cumin and lemon
Below are some short films tourists have shared on their experience of eating lamb head meat while visiting Morocco:
Sutton Raphael eats a lamb head while studying abroad in Rabat, Morocco.
In the Jemaa El Fna Square in Marrakesh, a market sets up every night to feed locals, and tourists from all around the world. While most of the menu is fairly standard, there are a few delicacies that, well, have to be tried! This lady and her husband ate half a sheep’s head each, eyeballs included ;0 My hat goes off to them…. I could never do it lol!
A young tourist eating a boiled sheep head in the Djemaa El Fna in Marrakesh, Morocco
Eating sheep head, sheep brain, beef tongue meat, Marrakech, Morocco posted on youtube by Kim Jinju:
So I do hope you enjoyed this very interesting post please feel free to share your thoughts and experiences with us in the comments section. JAK!