Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Quick and Easy Couscous

Although authentic couscous is very labor intensive, it needn't be for most of us. This version is so easy and practically fool-proof but it does require a little self restraint.

As a cooking instructor, I find that many people don't feel comfortable in the kitchen unless they are actively doing something. Doing something often manifests are stirring. Although beneficial for some dishes like risottos or sauces, I can't stress enough that you should refrain from stirring from time to time. Some food needs time to heat, or brown, or soak up a little moisture. Not stirring can be integral to the desired outcome.

With that in mind, this couscous recipe requires that you basically do nothing. As a matter of fact if you do stir, even just a little, you will probably end up with a lumpy mess. So, relax and trust that everything will be fine in 10 minutes time.  That kind of rhymes so it must to true...a new rule to live by.

Quick and Easy Couscous
Serves 4

1 1/2 dry couscous
pinch of saffron steeped in hot water
     for 5 minutes, optional
1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil

Pour the couscous into a lasagna pan or casserole dish.  Bring 2 and 1/4 cup of water to a boil.  Season with saffron, sea salt, and olive oil. Stir until the sea salt has dissolved. Pour over the couscous as evenly as possible. DO NOT STIR! Cover the pan with plastic wrap and let rest until all the water has been absorbed, approximately 10 to 15 minutes.

When the water is absorbed, remove the plastic wrap and rake through the couscous with a fork to fluff and separate the grains. Serve immediately.

Try pairing Quick and Easy Couscous with Adam Grossman's Moroccan Chicken

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