Monday, September 6, 2010

Moroccan Stew

Glorious september day out there! The air is starting to crisp up. I was up really early yesterday and out by the water taking engagement pictures of my nephew and his bride to be. Lovely! They turned out just grand. I will share some soon:)

The cooler temps have me in a cooking mood. Made this in the slow cooker yesterday and my house smelled like the casbah!
Delicious. It is even better today. These sorts of things usually are, aren't they, give them a day to sit and come to themselves:) I did not have any apricots, but it was still yummy. A very sweet stew. You can replace the beef with chickpeas and veggie broth to make it vegetarian. You can add combine chickpeas with the beef also. This is very versatile. I also threw in some extra cherry tomates I had on hand. My daughter liked it wth grated parmesan on top, not very African but I guess we can call it fusion food.

Moroccan Beef Stew
1.5 pound stewing beef, chopped into bite sized pieces 750 gr
1/4 cup all purpose flour 50 mL

1 large red onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced

1 parsnip, chopped

1 sweet potato , chopped

1/2 small butternut squash,chopped

1 large carrot, chopped

1 28oz can tomatoes, chopped ( 796 ml)

1/2 cup raisins 125 ml
1 tsp grated fresh ginger 5ml

1/2 tsp cinnamon 5ml
1 tsp cumin 10 mL

1 tsp garam masala 5 ml
pinch of allspice
pinch of nutmeg

1 Tbsp lemon zest

2 cups beef stock 500 mL* check after a few hours, may need to add some more.

Salt and pepper to taste
(1 cup each dried apricots and pitted prunes 250 mL) optional, add with veggies

Chopped fresh parsley

Slivered almonds

1. Toss beef with the flour in slow cooker.

2. Add all veggies, tomatoes, spices and broth......stir.
3. Cook in slow cooker on high for 4-6 hours or until meat is cooked and veggies tender.

4. Top with slivered almonds and chopped parsley. Serve over couscous, rice or mashed potatoes:) Your house will smell fantastic.

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Debra She Who Seeks said...

The first photo looks delicious. And then you just HAD to up the ante with the close-up, didn't you? Now I want Moroccan stew for lunch. Right now.

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

This looks like one I'll have to try!

margie said...

i will make this but only on a cold day.

ElleBee said...

That stew looks great! I made one in the slow cooker the other day too, and it tastes even better after sitting for a few days!

Zombie Queen said...

Mmmm!!! That looks incredibly delicious. Reminds me of autumn. I can not wait for the fall days to creep in.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

This looks delicious, Shelagh. It will soon be soup weather here --I can't wait!

christina said...

this looks SO good!

Kerri said...

oh yum!! and when it cools off here, i'm using your recipe!

risa said...

I've made a similar stew the addition of cinnamon. Definitely will try this soon. Have already made two soups this week! Autumn is here!

Amy (Sing For Your Supper) said...

Mmm, this looks so comforting and delicious! I'm going to have to try this soon!

Sarah said...

Thanks for the recipe (I found it through foodgawker.) I tried it today, and it turned out FABULOUS!!! This is one that is definitely going into the regular rotation.

Anonymous said...

Found this recipe on Foodgawker, made it a few weeks ago and have now sent it to everyone I know who loves to cook! Very versatile and super yummy! Plus, it is unique enough that when I lost it I had to return to your blog to find it again. Thanks!

Michelle G said...

I found this on Foodgawker and made it last week. Seriously...YUM! Thanks for sharing this recipe. My husband and I love it!