Friday, March 7, 2008

Currried Apple Couscous

Curried Apple Couscous Recipe
I was hanging out with amazing friend Marya this weekend and since she is vegetarian, I had some fun experimenting with a few meatless recipes. This couscous was really good. I found it on one of my favorite sites, 101 cookbooks.

4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 medium apple, cored and chopped
3 green onions, washed, trimmed, and thinly sliced
1 cup whole wheat couscous (or regular)1 3/4 cup water
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup pine nuts or cashews, toasted
Small handful of mint, chopped

In a large saucepan over medium-high heat add 3 tablespoons of the butter, the curry powder, and a couple generous pinches of salt, and cook for a minute or until the spices are fragrant. Stir in the chopped apples and cook for about 3 minutes, enough time for the apples to soften up a bit and absorb some of the curry. Scoop the apples from the pan and set aside in a separate bowl.
In the same pan, again over medium-high heat, add the remaining tablespoon of butter. Stir in the green onions, let them soften up a bit and then add the water (or Better than Boullion -- for added flavor) and salt. Bring to a boil, stir in the couscous, cover and remove from heat. Steam for 5 to 10 minutes and then use a fork to fluff up the couscous. Stir in the apples, pine nuts, and chopped mint. Season with more salt and curry powder to taste

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