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"A gourmet who thinks of calories is like a tart who looks at her watch." - James Beard


Sunday, April 8, 2012

Short & Sweet Sunday - Israeli Couscous with Pine Nuts and Parsley

I always seem to find interesting grain mixes at Costco. But they come in enormous bags so I need to find interesting ways to use it up.

Israeli couscous is larger than regular couscous and has a nice chewy texture when cooked.  This particular mix also includes a small amount of quinoa, dried chickpeas and orzo.  

Since I didn't read the recipe carefully, I used a slightly different technique to cook the dish, but it all worked out in the end.  

I cooked the orzo in chicken stock with a cinnamon stick and bay leaf.

Meanwhile, toast some pine nuts until light brown, not too dark!  Also, saute some shallots. If you're on the ball you'll saute the shallots first, then add the couscous, spices and stock, but adding the cooked shallots after is ok too.  

To the cooked couscous, add the sauteed shallots, minced parsley and the pine nuts.

Mix it all together...

And serve. 

I served with a grilled pork chop and broccoli.

Tasty!  Now I need to find about 10 more recipes to use up this bag of couscous.  

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