Couscous Pilaf


Couscous Pilaf

I wanted to try pilaf using something different other than rice or bulgur, so I thought I would try couscous and make couscous pilaf. Wow what a taste Idea!! I love it when that happens.   Instead of a grain pilaf, this is a pasta pilaf.  Although it looks like a grain, couscous is actually a very small Middle Eastern pasta that cooks quickly. And is tasty.  Couscous pasta pilaf is a great side dish that goes great with with chicken, beef and lamb.

Ingredients for couscous pilaf:

4 Tbs butter

2 cups couscous                                Fluffy couscous pilaf

1 onion, finely minced

1/2 tsp minced garlic

3/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper

2 cups water

1 3/4 cups low-sodium chicken broth

In a medium saucepan, melt the butter and add the finely minced onion.  Cook over low to medium heat until the onions are tender, about 3 – 5 minutes.  Add the minced garlic, salt and pepper and mix well.

Add the water and chicken broth to the pan.  Bring to a boil.  Turn off the heat and add the couscous.  Put a lid on the pan with a paper towel underneath.  (This what my mom always did when cooking the couscous pilaf and I do it myself.  It helps to absorb some of the liquid.)  Keep covered off of the heat for 5 minutes of until the couscous is tender.  Remove the lid and paper towel and fluff with a fork.  Season with additional salt and pepper to taste.  Garnish the couscous  with fresh flat leaf parsley or fresh mint.

This is a variation on pilaf becoming couscous pasta pilaf.  I hope you will try this couscous pilaf when looking for a middle eastern side dish that will compliment any meal.  Enjoy!



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