Recipe by Sass Smith
I just made this one up for my lunch and thought it was worth writing down. It's a sort of Persian-Moroccan fusion, basically a Moroccanized khoresht. I used the Trader Joe's whole wheat couscous, which is very high fiber and made the whole thing marginally healthier. The couscous-cooking process here is adapted from Claudia Roden's method, and yields reliably fluffy, separate grains.
- 2⁄3 cup whole wheat couscous
- 2⁄3 cup chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 4 shallots or 1⁄2 medium onion, diced
- 4 quarters preserved fresh lemon rind, minced
- 2 peaches, diced
- 1 tablespoon honey
Directions See How It's Made
- Preheat oven or toaster oven to 400 degrees.
- Place couscous in oven-proof container.
- Heat chicken broth to boiling in microwave or on stovetop, then stir into couscous; allow to sit for 10-15 minutes.
- Gently fluff couscous with fork and stir in olive oil until all the grains are coated evenly. You can use a fork or your fingers.
- Place couscous in the pre-heated oven to "toast" for another 10-15 minutes.
- While the couscous is absorbing the chicken broth, melt butter in medium pan over medium-low heat. Brown shallots or onion.
- Just before you put the couscous in the oven to toast, add preserved lemon and peaches to shallots and butter, allowing the sugars to caramelize slightly.
- Depending on how juicy the peaches are, you may need to add small quantities of water to keep the juices from burning and to keep the sauce appropriately liquid.
- Stir honey into the sauce just before the couscous is done toasting.
- Turn the couscous out onto plates and ladle the sauce over it.