Forgive me if I get a little exotica on you as I talk about my tagine. My huh? Pull back, Borat, pull back! It’s steamy and impressive. For real, my tagine rocks the casbah.
I won my tagine from a giveaway on Wanna Be a Country Cleaver months and months ago (thanks Megan!) Being the ethnic food lover that I am, I was surprised that I had never heard of a tagine and I fired up google to learn what it was. I broke tagine out of his little tagine nook when no one was home to ask questions and all the only thing going on was Coldplay, hot tea and fuzzy socks. Tagine, where have you been all my life? You’ve earned your spot on the counter.
Tagine is both a food and a cooking tool and originates from North Africa (Moroccan and Tunisian cuisine is tagine-centric). “Tagine,” the dish, was named after the instrument in which the food is prepared. A tagine comprises a sauté pan with a wonderfully shaped hat, traditionally used to slow cook meat and vegetable dishes at low temperatures. You can put the tagine in the oven or use it on the stovetop. It’s wildly cool; beautiful billows of steam form while your food cooks and the hat used to cover the pan creates a sort of spa for your food. If only one could live inside of a Tagine…
While I am exuberant about the tagine, you do not need one in order to make this dish – a large sauté pan or wok with a cover will work too. I adapted this recipe from Katherine Martinelli’s blog and thought I would end up changing a lot more of the recipe than I did. Specifically, I was worried about the cinnamon and the dried apricots but they truly add a nice warmth without being super distinguishable. I was very happy with the recipe, that Katherine did a great job! Moroccan Butternut Squash & Sweet Potato Tagine will forever be one of my favorites!
Step aside, Sharif, your casbah’s about to get rocked.
Moroccan Butternut Squash & Sweet Potato Tagine
- 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
- 1 medium-sized yellow onion diced
- 1 cups medium-sized sweet potato chopped into 1/2” cubes (2 worth)
- ½ cups medium butternut squash peeled and chopped into ½” cubes (3 worth)
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 2 teaspoons ground coriander
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
- ¾ cup vegetable broth separated
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 cup dried apricots chopped
- 1 can garbanzo beans drained
- 1 cup brown rice uncooked
- 2 cups water
- ½ cup chopped cilantro optional
Start by preparing your rice, as it takes longer than the vegetables. Follow instructions on the package of rice.
Add oil to a tagine or skillet and heat to medium-high.
Sauté onion and sweet potato for 3 minutes.
Add butternut squash, stir.
Add ¼ cup vegetable broth, all the spices and salt, stir, cover tagine and cook 5 minutes
Remove the cover, add remaining vegetable broth, garbanzo beans, lemon juice and dried apricots.
Continue to cook 5 to 8 minutes until butternut squash and sweet potato are soft but not mushy.
Recipe adapted from Katherine Martinelli http://www.katherinemartinelli.com/blog/2011/vegetable-tagine-couscous-gf-vegan/