from Rachel Ray. The 10,000 grains of sand is COUSCOUS! A unique twist on chili. The flavors work very well together. This would go well on top of anything (baked potato, hotdog, etc.)
- 8 pita breads, cut into wedges for scooping
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 lbs ground lamb
- salt & freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1⁄2 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1 tablespoon ground coriander
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1⁄2 teaspoon paprika
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 1 lemon, juice and zest of
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce (eyeball it)
- 1 (14 ounce) can tomato sauce
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 1⁄2 cups chicken stock
- 1⁄3 cup golden raisin (recipe says "handful")
- 4 dried apricots, chopped
- 1 1⁄2 cups couscous
- 3 -4 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
- 1⁄4 cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped (recipe says "handful")
- 1⁄4 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped (recipe says "handful")
- 3 tablespoons chives, finely chopped
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (if serving with pita bread).
- Heat skillet with extra-virgin olive oil, add meat and brown.
- Season the meat with salt and pepper, to taste, chili powder, cumin, coriander, cinnamon and paprika. Add the bay leaf, onions, bell pepper and garlic to the pan.
- Cook until onions are soft, 8 minutes.
- Add lemon juice and zest, Worcestershire sauce and tomato sauce. Stir and reduce heat to simmer (for about 10 minutes while you make the couscous).
- To make couscous: Bring butter and stock to a boil in a separate pot with tight fitting lid. (This is a good time to put the pitas in the oven too).
- Add dried fruit and couscous, stir then turn off heat and set lid in place. Let stand 5 minutes. Add nuts and herbs and toss with fork.
- Pile chili in bowls, top with "sand" and serve with pita wedges for scooping.