Photos on the table are of family from Christmases past
OUR HOME IS DECORATED for the holidays and I have finished grocery shopping. I’m thinking about the turkey we will have for our family meal on December 25th and the dish I will make with turkey leftovers this year – maybe turkey tagine?
IN OUR HOUSE, leftover turkey is enjoyed as much as the roast turkey on Christmas day. So – we make sure to get the largest turkey we can find that will fit in our oven, to be certain we will have plenty of leftovers. Like thousands of others, we look forward to a turkey sandwich on December 26th. I like mine with turkey, cream cheese, greens, cranberry sauce and dressing (stuffing). Sooo good!
OVER THE YEARS I have tried a number of different recipes, trying to create a fabulous meal starring the leftover turkey. There are several dishes that turned out to be a hit at my table – the tagine recipe is one.
THIS AROMATIC RECIPE delivers a warm, exotic dish using leftover turkey. It’s an easy, slow cooker dinner that also is an impressive dish for entertaining – and can serve a large number of family and friends, by adding more to the cooker. It is a wonderful dish to keep warm in the crock pot when you have family arriving at different times to eat.
Moroccan Turkey Tagine
3-4 cups leftover turkey
2 large onions, thinly sliced
4 large carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup dried apricots, coarsely chopped
2 cups chicken or turkey broth
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons flour
2 cloves minced garlic
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon black pepper (freshly ground if possible)
1 teaspoon garam masala
Kosher salt to taste
1/4 cup medium to dry sherry (optional)
Layer turkey, onions, carrots, raisins and apricots in crock pot (slow cooker). In bowl, whisk broth and remaining ingredients (except sherry) together and pour over turkey mixture in cooker. Cook 3-4 hours to blend flavors or until vegetables are done. Cook on high for 30 minutes and then turn down to low for rest of cooking time. Add sherry last 30 minutes.
My favorite tureen for Christmas soups and stews
SET THE MOOD by serving the tagine in a soup tureen with bright emerald, ruby and purple colors in the tablecloth, napkins and centerpiece. I served the tagine with couscous sprinkled with toasted pine nuts, tandoor naan bread for dipping and a fresh fruit salad. This recipe is adapted from one I found in Family Circle (Jan 2007).
Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!
Sue Marquis Bishop 2013
12 thoughts on “Turkey leftovers? Make Moroccan Turkey Tagine”
Happy New Year to you!
I love tagine and will be keeping this recipe! Couldn’t make it this year, though, as for the first time ever, we went out for Christmas lunch. Felt a bit sacrilegious and all wrong not to have leftover turkey for tea time, but I wasn’t sorry to miss out on the washing up…
Happy New Year to you also. Sometimes it’s a real pleasure to enjoy Simone else’s cooking. – and the washing up. On holidays in our family after the women do the cooking, the men wash the dishes. I love that. Sue
Wow, Sue! This sounds incredible and it couldn’t be easier to make. My kind of meal, that’s for sure. I hope you and your family have a very special Christmas, Sue.
Thanks john. Merry Chrisad to you also. Sue
Sue, your home looks so Christmas cozy.
Blessings to you & yours for the holidays ~ Wendy
Thank you Wendy. May this be a special Christmas for you. Sue
Thank your for the recipe, Sue. Sounds exotic.
You are welcome. If you improve on it hope you will share your ideas with me. Merry Christmas. Sue
How did you know I finagle when I use a recipe? *giggles*
I have no such plans for this one…yet. 😛
This sounds great and the house looks beautiful [previous post], the bells are a cheerful idea. The best of the holidays to you and yours.
Thanks GP. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Sue