Saturday, February 20, 2010

Connecting Randomness

Remember a couple weeks back I mentioned a stew obsession? It took on a life of its own and sent me to shop for a larger stew pot!

Le Creuset 7.25qt French Oven

Yep, I bought the LeCreuset French Oven - happy surprise, it was on super sale over at Broadway Panhandler. Pretty, isn't it?

This stew makes a hearty meal for cold winter nights. I modified and adapted a recipe found in Martha Stewart's "Great Food Fast", Clarkson Potter Publishers, 2007.

Moroccan Chicken Stew

Moroccan Chicken Stew with Couscous

About 2.5 lbs. skinless bone in chicken thighs (I use organic)
3 or 4 carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
3 or 4 onions, thinly sliced
1 large can whole peeled tomatoes, and use the juice in the can, too!
1 or 2 cans drained and rinsed chickpeas
Add in enough chicken broth to ensure the mix is covered. The tomato juice will add liquid, but you may need between 1 - 1.5 cups liquid. Use your judgement.
1 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. ground tumeric
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. chili powder
Coarse salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
2 or 3 zucchini (about 1 lb.) halved crosswise and quartered lengthwise

1. In a Dutch oven or French oven combine the chicken, carrots, onions, tomatoes, chickpeas, stock and spices. Break up the tomatoes.
2. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, then cover and simmer on low about 20 minutes. Add in the zucchini and cook another 15 - 20 minutes. The chicken and carrots should be cooked by now, and the zucchini is tender without falling apart.
3. Boil about 1 cup water with a small dollop of olive oil and salt, add 1 cup couscous, stir, cover and set aside for about 5 minutes.
4. Divide the couscous evenly and spoon the chicken, vegetables and broth on top. Enjoy with a nice salad.

Your house will smell yummy and your tummy with thank you. The leftovers are even better.


Katie M. said...

Ohmygosh, that looks so good. Hmm ... perhaps a trip to the store is in order. Super sales are the best: that is one pretty pot.

Susie said...

That looks killah! Made my mouth water.

Mary said...

Oh! I wish I had read this before I planned tonight's dinner. Looks delish!

Gale said...

Personally, I am not much of a fan of stew, but am a sincere fan of that pot! Gorgeous.

*emilie* said...

yuum !
Le Creuset makes the best stuff !!!

Sara said...

I love my Le Creusets. They are pricey, but totally worth the upgrade. I snag them when they are on sale as well, so I have many, many colors going on in my kitchen.

The A.D.D. Knitter said...

I am super huge Le Creuset whore--like to the point where I would have a significantly smaller student loan debt had I never heard about it:) Love the Moroccan couscous, too. It's a staple over here.

Oiyi said...

Your LeCreuset is very pretty in blue. I have one in red. It's so damn heavy, but what an amazing cooking vessel.