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Vegetable Tagine

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Tagines are flavorful Moroccan stews loaded with cooked vegetables and signature spices like cumin, coriander and ginger. This version is a wonderful opportunity for vegetarians to experience international fare at its best. Serve over couscous for a true Moroccan meal.
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Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Middle Eastern, Vegetarian
Servings 6 Servings

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 4 shallots chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 1- inch piece peeled fresh ginger minced
  • 1 stalk celery chopped
  • 1 3- inch cinnamon stick
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper or to taste
  • 1 32- oz. can crushed or diced tomatoes
  • 1 large carrot peeled and cut into chunks (1 cup)
  • 1/3 lb. green beans ends trimmed (2 cups)
  • 1 small butternut squash or sweet potato peeled and cut into chunks (3 1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 head cauliflower cut into florets (3 cups)
  • 1/2 fennel bulb trimmed and cut into chunks (2 cups)
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed saffron
  • 1 cup cooked or canned chickpeas rinsed if canned
  • 1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives
  • 1/2 cup halved pitted prunes
  • 3 Tbs. chopped fresh parsley

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat. Add shallots, garlic, ginger, celery and cinnamon stick and cook, stirring often, until shallots and celery begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Add coriander, cumin, paprika, salt, pepper and cayenne. Cook, stirring constantly, until spices are fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in tomatoes, carrot, green beans, squash or sweet potato, cauliflower and fennel. Add enough vegetable stock or water to cover vegetables. Stir in saffron.
  • Cover and bake until vegetables are tender, 40 to 45 minutes. About 5 minutes before stew is done, stir in chickpeas, olives and prunes. Stir in parsley just before serving.

Notes

Type of tomatoes used will determine the amount of stock or water needed to cook vegetables. Crushed tomatoes will require adding about 1 cup water to cook. Diced tomatoes may not require as much water. Stovetop cooking may require slightly more water. The finished stew should be somewhat dry, not soupy, and vegetables should be tender and shapely, not soggy.
Hard root vegetables should be partially cooked.  This recipe works on the stove top, slow cooker and pressure cooker if you adjust your time accordingly.
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