Turkey Mrouzia with California Raisins

Submitted by: Rafih Benjelloun

Turkey stew with unique Mediterranean flavors.



  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 small to medium-size turkey (6 to 8 lbs), cut into parts
  • 3 large onions, divided
  • 1/4 pound butter
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 or 4 bay leaves
  • A large pinch of ground cloves
  • A few strands of saffron, presoaked in warm water
  • Salt; to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups California raisins
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup blanched almonds, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds


In large pot, heat oil; add and brown turkey. Dice 1 onion and add to pot along with butter, water, spices and salt to taste, stirring constantly. Cover and cook 35 to 40 minutes. Remove turkey from pot when done; set aside. Then, thinly slice remaining 2 onions and add to pot along with raisins; stir well and continue to cook 10 minutes more. Stir in honey; reduce heat to medium and cook a few minutes longer. Return turkey to pot and simmer another 10 minutes to reduce sauce and heat through.

To serve, arrange turkey pieces in center of large platter; spoon sauce over and garnish with plumped and drained raisins, toasted almonds, and sesame seeds.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories 680 (35% from fat); Total Fat 26g (sat 10g, mono 8g, poly 5g, trans 0g ); Cholesterol 220mg; Protein 80g; Carbohydrate 30g; (Dietary Fiber 2g; Sugars 26g; ); Iron 6mg; Sodium 320mg; Calcium 101mg; Potassium 1019mg

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