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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!