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Halloumi Tagine
with chickpeas / apricots / green olives / almonds / couscous

Active: 40 min Total: 50 min
Tender but sturdy, halloumi cheese holds up to simmering with vegetables, olives and sweet apricots for a vegetarian stew with tons of flavor and texture. Couscous makes a great accompaniment to tagine because it soaks up all the flavorful cooking liquid.
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Ingredients

Metric
Servings:
4
Tagine Spice Mix:
  • Paprika - 1 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander, ground - 1 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric, ground (opt) - 1 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/2 tsp
  • Garlic powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Cinnamon (opt) - 1/4 tsp
  • Red pepper flakes (opt) - 1/4 tsp
Halloumi Tagine:
  • Halloumi (sub extra-firm tofu) - 8 oz, 1" (2.5cm) cubes
  • Tagine spice mix (ingredients listed separately) - 1 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp
  • Apricots, dried - 8, chopped
  • Cauliflower, frozen or fresh - 3 cups
  • Onions, red - 1/2, chopped
  • Ginger - 1 tsp, grated
  • Lemons - 1/2, wedges
  • Parsley - 2 Tbsp, chopped
  • Beans, garbanzo (14oz / 397g) - 1 can, drained and rinsed
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp
  • Tomato paste - 2 Tbsp
  • Stock, any variety - 2 1/2 cups
  • Green olives, pitted - 1/2 cup
  • Lemon zest - 1 tsp
  • Almonds, slivered - 1/4 cup
  • Yogurt, plain or Greek - 1/4 cup
Couscous:
  • Stock, any variety - 3/4 cup
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Butter - 2 Tbsp
  • Couscous - 3/4 cup

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Prep

  1. Cook couscous - Double if making Wednesday’s meal. Combine stock, salt and butter in a saucepan. Cover and bring to boil. Remove from heat. Stir in couscous and cover with lid. Let stand for ~5 minutes before fluffing with a fork. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Make tagine spice mix - Combine paprika, coriander, turmeric, black pepper, garlic powder, cinnamon and red pepper flakes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Halloumi - Slice into 1" (2.5cm) cubes. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  4. Season halloumi - Combine halloumi with half the tagine spice mix (reserve the other half). Marinate halloumi in spice mix for at least 10 minutes and up to 1 day. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  5. Apricots / Cauliflower / Onions / Ginger - Prep as directed and store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  6. Lemons / Parsley - Prep as directed and store separately. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  7. Beans - Drain and rinse.

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Make

  1. Heat a Dutch oven or saucepan with the first part of cooking oil over medium-high heat. Add halloumi and saute until golden brown an all sides, 2 to 3 minutes. Set halloumi aside and return pan to heat.
  2. Add second part of cooking oil and then onions, ginger and parsley. Saute until onions are tender, 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Add tomato paste and remaining half of spice mix and saute until well combined, ~1 minute.
  4. Add halloumi back to pan and pour stock over top. Stir in cauliflower and apricots and bring to a low simmer (reduce the heat if necessary so that it is not boiling and breaking apart the halloumi).
  5. Add beans to pan. Simmer tagine, covered, for 4 to 5 minutes to allow the flavors to come together.
  6. If couscous was made ahead, reheat briefly in the microwave (remember to reserve half if doubled).
  7. When tagine is finished cooking, stir in olives and lemon zest. Taste and season with some salt and pepper, if needed.
  8. Serve tagine over couscous with almonds and yogurt on top and lemon wedges on the side. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (125)
Gluten-free (6)
Paleo (13)
Vegetarian (15)

42 reviews

Very good!! Rich flavors!

By: Christine
Posted: Apr 14, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Used double the spices as others recommended, otherwise followed the recipe exactly.

By: Amanda
Posted: Apr 22, 2017
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Used dates instead of apricots and mashed potatoes instead of couscous.

By: Jessica
Posted: Apr 03, 2017
Diet: Original
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Lots of prep but so good it was well worth the trouble

By: Christopher
Posted: Mar 12, 2017
Diet: Original
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I accidentally spilled a ton of red pepper into the spices, and didn't realize I had a vanilla flavored yogurt, but somehow this was still really good!

By: Jenna
Posted: Jan 11, 2017
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Delicious. I doubled the spices like other suggested. Next time, I won't double the salt. We loved it.

By: Megan
Posted: Dec 11, 2016
Diet: Original
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