Persian Beef and Couscous

READY IN: 1hr 50mins
Recipe by SJG3483

This is a great Persian dish that isn't too spicy. Substitute any kind of meat of pultry you want.

Top Review by Adorman5

This recipe is great as is. The combination of flavors is unusual but delicious! The only thing I would change is 2 tbsp. vinegar instead of 3.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 lb boneless beef roast, in 3/4 inch chunks
  • 12 teaspoon salt
  • 18 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 14 cups beef stock
  • 1 12 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 8 ounces white pearl onions, peeled
  • 8 ounces butternut squash or 8 ounces sweet potatoes, in 1/2 inch cubes
  • 3 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 cup pitted prune
  • 34 cup couscous (or quick cooking brown rice)


  1. Heat oil on medium high.
  2. Sprinkle beef with salt and pepper and brown in oil for 5-8 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Add stock and cinnamon, bring to boil.
  4. Reduce heat, and simmer for 1 hour.
  5. Stir in onions, squash or sweet potato, vinegar, and honey, bring back to a boil Lower heat, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes until meat and vegetables are tender.
  6. Meanwhile, cook couscous in another pot.
  7. Add prunes and chick peas to stew, cover, and heat just until mixture returns to a boil (about 2 minutes).
  8. Serve stew over couscous.

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