Monday, June 29, 2009

Minted Couscous with Fruit

A few days ago I saw Giada de Laurentis making this recipe for sweet couscous on Food Network. It sounded so good, that for dinner I went into the kitchen and started to play around with my own version. I changed several of the ingredients and added a touch of cardomom. I think you could use any combination of dried fruit - I just used what I had available. I confess I didn't measure the fruit, I just tossed in a handful of each kind. And since my garden is overflowing with mint right now, I added a bit of chopped mint as a topping which was perfect!

Minted Couscous with Fruit

1 3/4 cups water
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cardomom
1/3 cup dried cherries, chopped
1/3 cup dried apricots, chopped
1/3 cup golden raisins
1 1/2 cup couscous
1/2 cup toasted slivered almonds
1/2 cup chopped fresh mint

1) In a medium sized saucepan, heat the water to boiling. Add the sugar and salt and stir until disolved.
2) Reduce the heat and toss in the dried fruit and simmer for a few minutes. Then add the cardomom and the 1 1/2 cups couscous. Stir and remove from heat.
3) Let it set for about 5 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed. Use a fork to fluff up the couscous, then mix in the almonds and most of the chopped mint. Serve with additional chopped mint on top.


Rebekah said...

this looks and sounds delicious! I'll have to try it soon.

Liz said...

Sounds delicious. I just happen to have couscous in the cupboard and fresh mint in the garden...


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