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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Taktouka


Ingredients

5 medium-sized tomatoes (grated).
2 large – green peppers
1/4 cup of finely chopped cilantro
1/4 cup of finely chopped parsley
1 teaspoon of paprika
1 teaspoon of cumin
1/4 teaspoon of pepper
1 teaspoon of salt
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 tablespoon of tomato paste
3 garlic cloves (crushed)
Directions

Step 1 – Roasting the Green Peppers

1. Grill green peppers (insert wood sticks in peppers and place directly on burner).  Goal is to grill peppers on high heat until skin turns black.  Cracking noise is a good sign; it means skin is cracking and pepper is roasting

2. Keep monitoring pepper and turn around until all sides become black.  If you find it difficult to use wooden sticks, use tongs to turn pepper

3. Once peppers are roasted, place in a bowl with a plastic wrap for 15-20 minutes.  This will steam the peppers and aide in removing the skin

Step 2 – Cooking the Tomatoes

1. While peppers are steaming, gently cook tomatoes with spices, olive oil, tomato paste and garlic in a sauce pan on medium heat

2. Cook tomato mixture for 15 minutes on medium heat

3. Stir from time-to-time

4. Once cooked on medium heat for 15 minutes, reduce heat to low and then start to get peppers ready

Step 3 – Combining the Tomatoes and the Peppers

1. Clean Peppers by removing burnt skin, cutting top of pepper and removing seeds

2. After cleaning peppers, slice and dice into small cubes

3. Add pepper cubes and chopped parsley and cilantro to tomato mixture

4. Cook tomatoes and peppers on medium heat for another 15-20 minutes

Step 4 – Serving this delicious Cooked Salad

1. Salad is ready when it becomes dry and thick.

2. If you have preserved lemons, you can use them for decoration.  First wash preserved lemon in water to remove some of the salt, then cut lemon and remove pulp so you can use the skin for decoration

3. Serve salad with Moroccan bread or French baguette as an appetizer

4. Eat warm or cold