A tagine is like a casserole dish used in North African cooking, most commonly in Morocco. It consists of two pieces -- a plate-like bottom and a conical shaped lid — the base doubles as a serving dish, which comes in handy for nomads.
Tagines can be purchased in many cooking stores or online. Many can be used on the stovetop or in the oven. Although a little pricey, the Le Creuset Moroccan Tagine is the best one I have found in stores. It produces an aromatic flavor, and the meat comes out very tender.
Tagines also make really unique serving pieces. Place it on the table with a trivet, and you have an instant conversation piece.
Alternate Spellings: Tajine
Common Misspellings: tageen
Examples: Cooking the chicken in a tagine.