Prep 15 mins
Cook 20 mins
This comes from one of my Food and Wine cookbooks. Use whatever kind of sausages you like: hot, mild or a combination. They say to serve this with an Australian Shiraz. I’m posting it for ZWT3. Now I just have to go look up where Tunisia is! LOL. (It is in North Africa between Algeria and Libya)
- 5 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 1⁄3 cups couscous
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne
- 3⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup tomato juice
- 1 cup water
- 1 lb Italian sausage
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tomatoes, diced
- 1⁄2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- In a large frying pan with a lid, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over moderately low heat. Add the garlic, couscous, cumin, cayenne, and ½ teaspoon of the salt to the pan.
- Cook, stirring occasionally, until the couscous starts to brown, about 3 minutes.
- Stir in tomato juice and water. Bring to a simmer.
- Cover, remove from the heat and let stand for 5 minutes.
- Transfer the couscous to a platter or large glass bowl to cool.
- Meanwhile, heat the broiler. Coat the sausages with ½ tablespoon of the oil.
- Broil the sausages, turning occasionally, until completely cooked through, about 10 minutes.
- Remove from the heat. When the sausages are cool enough to handle, cut them into thin slices.
- Toss the cooled couscous with the lemon juice and the remaining oil, salt and tomato. Top with the sausages and cilantro.
We were grilling sausages so I made the couscous as a side, rather than a base for the sausage. My husband raved about it and loved the way it smelled. That amount of couscous makes more like six servings for us. I added more lemon juice, as I like the acidity, used less oil, and added about a cup of thawed green peas and some chopped roasted red peppers. Toasting the couscous, like toasting quinoa, adds a nuttier flavor. Like Darkhunter, I used V-8 (low sodium), as that's what I keep on hand. I'll be returning to this recipe many times, I think!
This is an A+ on the taste scale. The only thing I changed was that I used V8 juice instead of the tomato juice, because that was what I had on hand. I loved the fact that the couscous was browned. Gave it a little different taste than usual. Very easy to prepare. Given the fact that my sister loves couscous, this will be a definite keeper. Thank, dicentra, for a lovely recipe.
Made this for 'Zaar World Tour '07 and loved it. Such a great combination of flavors. I actually eased back on the heat because we are a family of wimps! Thanks for sharing!