cranberry apple couscous.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

cranberry apple couscous

i've been calling this recipe thanksgiving couscous with the apples, cranberries, rosemary, and thyme mimicking the taste of stuffing. though i refrained from titling this post thanksgiving couscous as it would surely receive a well-deserved eye roll for even thinking about the holidays just yet.

it lasts forever in the fridge and serves decently well as a meal if you pair it with a salad or side of veggies. would also go well with sliced turkey, say, in november.

cranberry apple couscous
2 cups israeli couscous (barley would work well too)
4 cups low sodium chicken or vegetable broth
handful of chopped parsley
1 1/2 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary leaves
1 tsp chopped fresh thyme
1 crunchy apple, diced
1 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup toasted pecans

vinaigrette
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
3 tbsp maple syrup
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
salt
pepper

1. in a medium saucepan, heat enough olive oil to coat the pan. add the couscous and cook until slightly browned (about 3-5 minutes).
2. add the chicken broth and bring to a boil. simmer for 10-12 minutes or until the liquid is evaporated.
3. let the couscous cool and then add parsley, rosemary, thyme, apple, cranberries, and toasted pecans. to toast the pecans, toss them in a dry skillet over medium-high heat and cook until they turn toasty in color and aromatic.
4. in a small bowl, combine the vinegar, maple syrup, and a pinch of salt and pepper. whisk in the olive oil until smooth.
5. pour the vinaigrette over the couscous and toss well.

recipe adapted from giada de laurentiis.

16 comments:

Mal said...

This looks delicious!

Mal @ The Chic Geek

Becca said...

Since my husband and I live on a regular diet of couscous--and since my 18mo-old daughter happily joins us--I think this recipe will be a huge hit in our house!

Megan Wait said...

Oh nom, this looks delish! Cranberries are one of my favourite snacks to nosh on when I'm feeling peckish.

And couscous is soooo quick and easy to make!

Nicole said...

Sounds wonderful! Everybody likes a bowl of Thanksgiving, whether they're ready to think about it or not :)

Jessie Ammons said...

I bet it'd be good with hardly any dressing if you candied the pecans, too! Yuuum!

Lena at A Crimson Kiss said...

Y U M! And I'm calling this Thanksgiving couscous when I serve it, since I've already planned our turkey day menu and bought Christmas gifts. What can I say–I'm a planner.

Anonymous said...

Go with Canadian Thanksgiving Couscous and you're covered. Looks great.

rebecca said...

anon-
ha! good idea.

in dreams said...

for canadian thanksgiving, it would have been a wonderful suggestion! (it was just this past weekend.) :)

Shoko said...

yes! yum.

Monica L. Shulman said...

dinner tonight with roasted chicken...

LWP said...

I actually have all the ingredients for this at the moment. You just made dinner easy for me.

Rebeka said...

This looks delicious. I always get so excited whenever you share recipes on the blog, and this one is no exception. I can't wait to try it.

Living on Love said...

dinner tonight with roasted chicken! YUM! even my toddler loved it :)

rebecca said...

living on love-
aw, i'm so glad! :)

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