What about Couscous?

5 May

Tired of rice and pasta? Want a different side to compliment your favorite meat, poultry, or seafood?

How about couscous? Couscous is a North African dish consisting of steamed semolina. It is a light side dish that can be made in many different ways. It is usually made as a savory salad or even as a warm side.

Here is a recipe that I found by Giada De Laurentiis that will be a great compliment to baked chicken or fish.

Sweet Couscous with Nuts and Dried Fruit

Sweet Couscous with Nuts and Dried Fruit


  • 2 1/3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup dried apricots, chopped
  • 1/3 cup dried cherries, chopped
  • 2 1/2 cups (about 1 pound) couscous
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped toasted slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped toasted and skinned hazelnuts
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, if desired


In a medium saucepan, combine the water, sugar, cranberries, apricots, and cherries. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar has dissolved, about 2 minutes. Stir in the couscous and remove the pan from the heat. Cover the pan with a tight fitting lid until the couscous has absorbed all of the cooking liquid, about 5 to 7 minutes.

Using a fork, fluff the couscous to break up any lumps. Add the almonds and hazelnuts and toss. Spread the mixture evenly on a baking sheet until completely cooled, about 10 minutes.

Transfer the couscous to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator.

Serving Suggestion: Drizzle the couscous with 1/4 cup of extra-virgin olive oil for a moister texture.

More Couscous ideas…

Steak, Sundried Tomato, and Mozzerella Couscous

Saffron Israeli Couscous Salad

Mediterranean Couscous Salad

Mmm take a bite out of that!

4 Responses to “What about Couscous?”

  1. Ki May 6, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

    Couscous was never my fav, but these recipes look Yummyyy! I may have to try!

    • Hershey May 7, 2011 at 5:30 am #

      Ki honestly with me, couscous is a hit or miss. Its kind of something that you have to be in the mood for. Sometimes depending on whats in it, things like dried cranberries or raisins can make it a little sweet, and your taste buds may not want that as a side for your chicken. LOL


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