Turkey and Tomato Tagine

Surprisingly Delicious Turkey and Tomato Tagine

The cinnamon gives this Turkey and Tomato Tagine recipe that surprisingly delicious taste. The blend of spices and tomatoes make this dish bursts with flavor.

Surprisingly Delicious Turkey and Tomato Tagine


For the meatballs

1 Garlic clove, crushed
1 Small onion, very finely chopped
1 tablespoon Olive oil
1 teaspoon Ground cumin
1 tablespoon Freshly chopped coriander
1 lb Fresh turkey minced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the sauce

1 Onion, finely chopped
1 Garlic clove, crushed
1/2 teaspoon Ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon Ground cinnamon
14 oz Can chopped tomatoes
1/4 pint Turkey stock
Pinch of cayenne pepper
Freshly chopped parsley
Freshly chopped herbs, to garnish
Freshly cooked couscous or rice, to serve

Turkey and Tomato Tagine photo


Preheat the oven to 375°F/Gas Mark 5. Put all the ingredients for the meatballs in a bowl, except the oil and mix well. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Shape into 20 balls about the size of walnuts. Put on a tray, cover lightly and chill in the refrigerator while making the sauce.

Put the onion and garlic in a pan with 4 fl oz of the stock. Cook over a low heat until all the stock has evaporated. Continue cooking for 1 minute, or until the onions begin to color. Add the remaining stock to the pan with the tomatoes, cumin, cinnamon and cayenne pepper. Simmer for 10 minutes, until slightly thickened and reduced. Stir in the parsley and season to taste.

Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan and cook the meatballs in two batches until lightly browned all over. Lift the meatballs out with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper.

Pour the sauce into a tagine or an ovenproof casserole. Top with the meatballs, cover and cook in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the meatballs are cooked through and the sauce is bubbling. Garnish with freshly chopped herbs and serve immediately on a bed of couscous or plain boiled rice.

Turkey and Tomato Tagine is a delicious meal with ingredients that can be changed. You can add potatoes to make it a full meal instead of using couscous or rice.

Photo by Emily Barney