Red Pepper and Cheese Couscous Cake

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Total Time
55mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 25 mins

For a tasty snack or starter try this flavorful pan-fried couscous cake, flavoured with roasted peppers and cheese.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 10 12 ounces couscous
  • 1 78 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 lime, juice
  • salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 ounces red peppers, from a jar drained and cut into 1/2in wide strips
  • 7 ounces Fontina cheese, diced (or any other good melting cheese)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 4 tablespoons chives, snipped

Directions

  1. Put the couscous into a large heatproof bowl. Stir together the vegetable broth, lime juice and a good grinding of black pepper, then pour over the couscous. Leave for 15 minutes until all the broth has been absorbed.
  2. Heat a splash of the olive oil in a 9in non-stick frying pan. Stir the red pepper strips, cheese, egg and chives into the couscous, then tip into the pan and pat down well into a cake.
  3. Cook over a gentle heat for 15 minutes, without touching, until the base is crisp and golden.
  4. Carefully slide the couscous cake on to a plate, then invert back into the pan, adding the rest of the oil if needed. Cook for a further 10 minutes or so until the other side is golden.
  5. Slide back on to the plate and cut into wedges to serve.