This easy Moroccan couscous recipe with raisins and pinenuts is a fast, flavorful, versatile side dish to serve with chicken or lamb.
Provided by Erin Clarke / Well Plated
Categories Side Dish
Number Of Ingredients 12
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spread the pine nuts in a single layer on an ungreased, rimmed baking sheet. Toast in the oven until fragrant and lightly golden, 5 to 7 minutes, stirring once halfway through. Keep an eye on them and DO NOT WALK AWAY during the last few minutes to make sure those precious pine nuts do not burn. Immediately transfer them to a bowl to stop their cooking and to make sure the hot pan doesn't burn them once they are out of the oven.
- In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the shallots and cook for 3 minutes, until they begin to soften. Add the salt, pepper, and cumin and cook for 30 seconds.
- Pour in the broth. Increase the heat to high and bring it to a boil. As soon as the liquid begins to boil, remove the pan from the heat. Stir in the couscous, cover, and let sit for 10 minutes.
- With a fork, fluff up the couscous. Add the raisins, parsley, lemon juice, olive oil, and toasted pine nuts to the pot, then stir the ingredients together to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired. Enjoy hot.
Nutrition Facts : ServingSize 1 (of 6), Calories 272 kcal, Carbohydrate 42 g, Protein 7 g, Fat 11 g, SaturatedFat 3 g, TransFat 1 g, Cholesterol 10 mg, Fiber 5 g, Sugar 6 g, UnsaturatedFat 6 g
- Make the spice blend: Toast the cinnamon stick, both peppercorns, cumin, coriander, allspice, cloves and cardamom in a small dry skillet over medium heat until fragrant, 2 minutes; let cool. Grind in a spice grinder or mini food processor with the ginger, turmeric, cayenne, nutmeg and 1 teaspoon salt. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks; use leftover spice blend as a rub for meat or fish.
- Make the couscous: Heat the butter, 1 1/2 teaspoons spice blend and the saffron, if desired, in a large skillet over medium-high heat until lightly toasted, about 1 minute. Add the couscous and stir until toasted, about 1 minute. Stir in the warm broth, remove from the heat, cover and set aside until the couscous is plump, about 7 minutes. Add the lemon juice and fluff with a fork. Transfer to a bowl and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon spice blend.
- Place a large, heavy bottomed pot over medium heat. Stir in the cumin, ginger, cloves, cayenne, cardamom, coriander, and allspice; gently toast until fragrant, about 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in oil and onion, cook until softened. Stir in the bell pepper, and zucchini; cook for 5 minutes. Stir in the raisins, salt, zest, and garbanzos.
- Pour in the chicken broth and orange juice; turn heat to high and bring to a boil. When the mixture is boiling, stir in the couscous and remove from heat; cover, and let stand 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork, and fold in chopped mint.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 245.6 calories, Carbohydrate 48.1 g, Fat 2.6 g, Fiber 5.2 g, Protein 8.4 g, SaturatedFat 0.3 g, Sodium 263.3 mg, Sugar 9.6 g
- Melt the butter in a large saute pan, add the shallots and cook for 3 minutes over medium heat. Add the chicken stock, salt and pepper, raise the heat to high and bring the stock to a boil. Off the heat and add the couscous. Cover the pan and let it sit for 10 minutes.
- Add the pignoli nuts and currants to the couscous, stir and serve.
- Place the chickens, onions, carrots, celery, parsnips, parsley, thyme, dill, garlic, salt, and peppercorns in a 16 to 20-quart stockpot with 7 quarts of water and bring to a boil. Skim the surface as needed. Simmer uncovered for 4 hours. Strain the entire contents of the pot through a colander, discarding the chicken and vegetables, and chill. Discard the hardened fat, and then pack the broth in quart containers.
MOROCCAN CHICKEN COUSCOUS
This one-pot recipe features turmeric, which is related to ginger and gives the dish and other curries their distinctive yellow color. It's a hearty meal with an exotic fragrance to consider for your next dinner party.
Provided by Martha Stewart
Number Of Ingredients 14
- In a Dutch oven, combine chicken, carrots, onions, tomatoes, chickpeas, stock, water, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, chili powder, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Break up the tomatoes with a spoon.
- Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cover, and cook for 15 minutes. Add zucchini, and cook until chicken is cooked through, yet still tender, about 15 minutes more.
- Serve couscous in bowls. Spoon chicken, vegetables, and broth on top.
COUSCOUS WITH MOROCCAN SPICES
A nicely flavored couscous from The New Vegetarian Epicure. Posted for ZWT III, North Africa and the Middle East.
Provided by pattikay in L.A.
Yield 8 serving(s)
Number Of Ingredients 18
- Heat olive oil in a non stick pan and cook the chopped onion and garlic in it till the onion is soft and translucent.
- Stir in the cumin, turmeric, cinnamon, coriander, cayenne and paprika.
- Continue stirring over medium heat for 2-3 minutes, then add vegetable broth, tomato puree and currants.
- Simmer the sauce for 10 minutes.
- Remove the sauce from heat and stir in fresh lemon (or lime) juice to your taste.
- If not using immediately and planning to reheat before serving, wait to add citrus juice at the last minute.
- To cook the couscous, heat the broth, water, butter and salt together in a medium skillet till the liquid boils.
- Reduce to a simmer, add the couscous, cover the skillet tightly and leave on the lowest heat for 5 minutes.
- Remove the pan from the heat an leave it covered for another couple of minutes before fluffing with a fork.
- (If using instant couscous, check package directions - you may not need to keep it on heat after boiling, but just cover and wait till liquid is absorbed - just see if liquid amounts match what is mentioned on the package).
SWEET AND NUTTY MOROCCAN COUSCOUS
I've simplified this recipe for Couscous Mesfouf without losing any of its deliciously complex flavor. Prepare all the mix-ins ahead of time and it takes only minutes to make. Enjoy!
Provided by Christina S.
Number Of Ingredients 8
- Pour the vegetable broth into a large saucepan, and bring to a boil. Add the butter, apricots, dates and raisins. Boil for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat, and stir in the couscous. Cover, and let stand for 5 minutes. Stir in the cinnamon and toasted almonds, and serve.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 442.1 calories, Carbohydrate 68.2 g, Cholesterol 25.4 mg, Fat 14.8 g, Fiber 6.4 g, Protein 10.5 g, SaturatedFat 6.5 g, Sodium 163.5 mg, Sugar 16.9 g
ORIGINAL MOROCCAN COUSCOUS
An amazing Morrocan masterpiece
Provided by chef102
Yield Serves 10
Number Of Ingredients 0
- Heat olive oil in a pan, when sizzling add shallots and garlic. When the shallots darken add in your water and stock mixture. Fry for another 2 mins.
- Pour in couscous and stir well . Keep stirring so the couscous won't stick to the pan. Season with a pinch of salt and paparika
- Simmer the mixture for a further ten minutes. Allow the couscous to cool before serving
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