Monday, November 7, 2011

What the BULK!?!?!

Welcome back to another What the BULK!?!?! post, where I take the mystery out of cooking the bulk grains you find at your favorite market. This week's bulk is Israeli couscous, which looks like little pasta balls. This is a very simple side dish that is surprisingly savory and takes just minutes to prepare. How great is that? Don't be scared off by it looking bland, it's really not. The garlic and the broth really give it great flavor!

Couscous with Golden Raisins

1 T extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 1/4 cups Israeli couscous
One 14 ounce can vegetable broth
2/3 cup golden raisins

1. In a saucepan, heat 1 T olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and the couscous and cook, stirring for 3 minutes. Add the broth and bring to a boil. Cover, lower the heat and simmer until the broth has been absorbed, about 10 minutes. Stir in the raisins.

That's it! I like to serve this with a side of bitter greens and roasted squash. A perfect fall dinner.

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