Friday, April 16, 2010

Israeli Couscous with Fresh Herbs (and T-Bone Steak)

If you've never had Israeli couscous, you should try it! It's like little pearls of pasta that are so delightful to eat and they roll around on your tongue bursting with flavor. We had ours as a side dish to our T-bone steaks (that I got at Jewel for $7 each!)

1 box (1 1/3 cups) of Israeli Couscous
Water or Stock (1 3/4 cups)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp butter
2 cloves garlic - minced
1/4 cup of minced shallot or onion
1/4 cup of minced fresh herbs (I used parsley, chives, rosemary, thyme & oregano)
the zest of 1 lemon
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper

I used Trader Joe's Israeli Couscous. You may need to follow a different couscous/water ratio if you are making a different brand or amount.

First, get a 2 quart saucepan on medium heat. Add 1 tbsp olive oil and start cooking the shallot/onion. Once it's softened and starting to caramelize, add in the garlic, butter & couscous. Let it cook for about 4 minutes so it starts to get slightly brown.
Once it's slightly browned, add the stock/water & salt (you must add the salt at this point so each little pearl absorbs the flavorful liquid and it's seasoned from the inside)...stir, cover and reduce heat to a simmer. It will take about 8-10 minutes for the liquid to absorb. 

In the mean time, mince your herbs and zest the lemon.

Also, if you are grilling...throw your meat on the grill.

Once the meat is done...the couscous should be done too!

Now you just have to stir in the herbs, lemon zest & black pepper.

Dinner is DONE!  Mmmmmm. Jake tried to tell me that he didn't like couscous (he's never had it) and I made him try it. He requested his own bowl of it once he decided it was delicious. 

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