Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Summer Harvest Israeli Cous Cous

This was my first encounter with Israeli cous cous. I am a fan. Remember Orbitz? That drink with the floating coloured balls that lasted for like six months in 1997? Well, thankfully, Israeli cous cous is nothing like that. The texture in your mouth is pleasant, and it's filling but not heavy.

For this supper, I just grabbed all the leftover veggies in my fridge, roasted the tomatoes, sauteed the other veggies and tossed it with the cous cous in some lemon and oil. Chris and I both really enjoyed it. I also loved it cold for lunch the next day. By just barely cooking the beans and peas, they maintained their colour and their crunch.

Here's the recipe:

Summer Harvest Israeli Cous Cous

2 tbsp olive oil, divided
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
Kosher salt, to taste
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
5 garlic cloves, tops cut, skins on
1 small shallot, chopped
1 cup yellow beans, trimmed and cut to one-inch lengths
2 cups snap peas, trimmed and cut to one-inch lengths
One large red pepper, roasted and cut into 1/2-inch strips
1 cup israeli cous cous
1-1/4 cups veggie broth
Juice of half a lemon
about the same amount of extra virgin olive oil
A handful of basil leaves
Lots of parmigiano reggiano, grated

1. Toss tomatoes with 1 tbsp olive oil and some salt and pepper.
2. Roast tomatoes and garlic cloves for about 30 minutes at 400F. Discard garlic cloves
3. At the same time roast your red pepper cut-side down. You may have to finish it by broiling until the skin is blackened.
4. Bring broth to a boil and add cous cous. Simmer until cous cous is tender and liquid is absorbed.
5. While cous cous is simmering, sautee shallot in remaining olive oil until soft. Add peas and beans with a pinch of salt and cook for about a minute or until peas turn bright green.
6. Whisk together extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice
7. When everything is ready, toss it together and top with basil and parm.

Pairs nicely with Riesling and requests from friends (I'm looking at you, Greg) for more meatless entrees.


  1. This looks delicious! I've never tried it but will have to now after seeing this!

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  2. It looks really healthy and delicious. The cous cous looks fresh and sounds amazing. I will be crazy not trying this.

  3. Oh what a wonderful summer dish! I want to try some of that couscous

  4. That Israeli couscous look really pretty and delicious.

  5. Ooo!! This looks ridiculously delicious! I just discovered your lovely blog - great (GREAT) photos :)


    PS: Yes, I do remember Orbitz. Ew.


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