Now with that whining out of the way, lets talk couscous. I seriously only ate it for the first time about a month ago. When my father in law passed away a lovely friend of my mother in laws brought dinner one night and it included couscous. I dove lips first into the bowl and never looked back. I picked a bag of couscous up at the Amish Market (funny right?) and almost forgot I had it in the cupboard. I came across it yesterday as I opened the cupboard and it tumbled out on to my head. So now that we are home and things have settled down, and holidays are over, I had to write something up.
I wasn't sure of the liquid to couscous ratio. I read all over the place everything from 1 1/2 cup liquid to 1 cup pasta, to an equal ration of 1:1. Since I had never made it I just picked one. I mean, why not, right? I picked the 1 to 1 ratio and it was perfect. It came out awesome, first time, and that my friends, is what I call "luck". It was delish! Perfect for an easy side dish, I mean, what's not to like?!
NOTE: My husband doesn't like almonds in this. When I explained that, while I appreciated his opinion, I WAS out to make an "almondine" style couscous. He asked me to put the word, "optional" behind almonds, on my ingredient list. I told him I would, and technically they ARE, but I am not putting optional behind ALMONDS on a recipe that includes the word ALMONDINE. If you do it, just don't tell me, I can't take that kind of pressure.
2 cups good chicken stock (if you think yours is week toss in a bouillon cube or 2 to amp it up)
2 cups couscous
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 tbsp. butter
1 tsp. dried parsley
1/4 tsp. salt (if needed)
1/4 cup sliced or thin sliced almonds (toasted)
1/4 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
Using a medium to large bowl, place your couscous in it. Get some saran wrap, or press and seal ready too!
In a small pot, add in chicken stock, pepper, butter, parsley, and salt. Bring this liquid to a boil and pour it over the couscous and give it a quick stir. Cover as soon as possible with saran wrap or press and seal. Let sit for 10 minutes. Remove cover and add in almonds and grated cheese. Using a fork and fluff it!! Serve! This will easily feed 4-6 people.
I hope you enjoy this quick and easy side dish! Get brave and do your own experimenting too!
Your "cuckoo for couscous" Chefwannabe