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Moroccan-Style Vegetable Stew with Harissa Yogurt Sauce

Posted By elizabeth On November 15, 2009 @ 2:01 am In Blog | No Comments

Makes 6 servings

Blanching the root vegetables shortens the stew’s cooking time and keeps the flavors bright. Plus, the blanching water makes a great quick stock.

ingredients

Yogurt sauce:
1 cup (8 ounces) Chobani Greek style yogurt
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon harissa sauce** (or red chili paste)
1 garlic clove, minced
Coarse kosher salt

Vegetable stew:
Coarse kosher salt
1 pound carrots, peeled, cut into 1/2-to 3/4-inch pieces
1 3/4-pound turnip, peeled, cut into 1/2-to 3/4-inch pieces
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 pound spring onions or green onions, coarsely chopped (about 1 3/4 cups)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 cup dry white wine
2 teaspoons all purpose flour
1 15-ounce can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained, rinsed
1 5-ounce bag baby spinach
1 to 3 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

preparation

For yogurt sauce:

Whisk first 4 ingredients in medium bowl. Season to taste with coarse salt and pepper. DO AHEAD: Can be made 2 days ahead. Cover and chill.

For vegetable stew: 

Bring 8 cups water to boil in heavy large saucepan. Sprinkle with coarse salt. Add carrots; cook until just tender, about 4 minutes. Using skimmer or large slotted spoon, transfer carrots to large bowl of ice water. Return water to boil. Add turnip; cook until just tender, about 3 minutes. Using skimmer, transfer turnip to bowl with carrots. Reserve cooking liquid.

Melt butter in heavy large pot over medium heat. Add next 7 ingredients. Sprinkle with coarse salt and pepper. Cook until onions are soft, stirring often, about 8 minutes. Add wine; simmer until reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Stir in flour. Add carrots, turnip, beans, spinach, and 2 cups reserved cooking liquid. Bring to simmer; cook until vegetables are heated through, adding more cooking liquid for desired consistency. Season stew to taste with coarse salt, pepper, and lemon juice.

Divide stew among bowls. Spoon dollop of yogurt sauce over and serve.

** A spicy North African red chile paste; available at some specialty foods stores and at Middle Eastern markets.


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