Turkey Tagine

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1380279229446Moroccan cuisine often requires a tagine, a unique cooking utensil made of ceramic or clay popular in North Africa. The word alone also refers to the succulent dish which is slow-cooked inside the cooking vessel. Typically, a tagine is a rich stew of meat, chicken, or fish, and most often includes vegetables or fruit. Vegetables can also be cooked exclusively as well. Instead of using lamb in pursuant to the original recipe, I used turkey breasts for a lighter version. Instead of using a tagine in this recipe, I used a crock pot which I recently purchased. Crock pots can go way beyond stews and are great when you need to cook in a hurry and I was very pressed for time. In the morning or early afternoon, place all ingredients in the crock pot and slow cook it…by dinner time you will have a one pot, aromatic dinner that is sure to please all. Serve this turkey stew with wheat berry, rice, or whole wheat couscous.

For this recipe, you will need:

  1. 2 lbs of turkey breasts, thighs, or legs (turkey breasts are a healthier option) cut into bits
  2. 1 onion chopped
  3. 4 cloves of garlic minced
  4. 1 cup of cooked chickpeas
  5. 1 lbs of squash or sweet potato peeled and cubed
  6. 1 cup of chopped celery
  7. 1 cup of carrots chopped
  8. 2 medium zucchinis sliced
  9. 1/2 cup of dried apricots (optional)
  10. 1 tbsp paprika
  11. 1 tbsp cumin
  12. 1 tbsp of cinnamon
  13. 1 tbsp honey
  14. 2 tsp turmeric
  15. 1 lemon cut into wedges
  16. 3-4 tomatoes finely diced
  17. 5-6 cups of chicken broth
  18. Salt and pepper for taste

Instructions

Sauté onions and garlic until translucent. Add spices and sauté for one minute. Place onion and spice mixture in preheated crock pot. Top with turkey, vegetables, apricots, lemons and can of diced tomato. Pour in chicken broth. Cook on high for an hour  and a half and then on low for another hour. Season with salt and pepper.

Yields 4-6 servings

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