Couscous Sausage Mediterranean

"This is a version of my husband Mike's basic couscous dish that he often makes. He generally puts it together with whatever we have on hand, but this version came out so well that I had to make sure to write it up. I'd be happy if he made this one weekly!"
 
Couscous Sausage Mediterranean created by dakotah
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  • Heat the oil in a pan over medium high heat. Add the onion and cook until it softens, about 4-5 minutes.
  • Add the crumbled sausage and cook until it is mostly browned, about 7-9 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. (Careful not to let it burn!) Reduce heat to medium.
  • Add the tomato and basil and cook until tomato softens, about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Quick now, cook the couscous: bring broth to a boil, add couscous; remove from heat and let stand for 2 minutes. Stir and fluff with a fork.
  • Mix cooked sausage mixture with the cooked couscous and crumbled feta (if using). Season to taste with salt, freshly ground black pepper, and squeeze over a bit of freshly squeeze lemon or lime juice. Serve!
  • Servings: about 6.
  • Mike's suggestions for substitutions/additions: 1 Tbsp finely chopped calamata olive, chopped mushroom, chopped artichoke heart, chopped sundried tomato, sautéed fennel, spinach, chopped cucumber.
  • As far as sausage goes, we use our homemade lamb-based French Merguez (also posted here at http://www.food.com/recipe/french-merguez-sausages-culinary-communion-340487) which is astoundingly good. But a flavorful Italian sausage would be good, too. Seasoned turkey sausage would be fine if you want to make it even leaner. Or hey, mmm, chorizo! You can even use vegetarian no-meat sausage, if you like - just pay attention to the seasonings so it doesn't turn out tasting bland.
  • Re tomatoes: I dislike cooked tomato peel, so I prefer to not use cherry tomatoes for this dish. Regular chopped fresh tomato is my preference.
  • This is a really versatile recipe, you can substitute ingredients to achieve whatever flavor profile you want. Also, we get our couscous in bulk because otherwise it's far too expensive to buy in prepackaged little boxes.
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  2. dakotah
    I made this and I liked it very much!! It had a very good favor. I did, however put it in my rice cooker and it turned out wonderful. I did however use a box of couscous with parmesan cheese. The parmesan cheese in the box of couscous I subsituted for the feta in the recipe. I also used 2 chicken bouillon cubes with 2 cup of water for the broth. I used can diced tomatoes for the fresh. I used 3 sausage patties that was left over from breakfast. I did use what I had on hand. The onions,garlic, and one tablespoon of lemon juice I just put in the rice cooker and let it cook and was delicious. Thank you for sharing. I do have a photo, but can not post yet, because the computer is not letting me. Chef #220151
     
  3. Julesong
    This is a version of my husband Mike's basic couscous dish that he often makes. He generally puts it together with whatever we have on hand, but this version came out so well that I had to make sure to write it up. I'd be happy if he made this one weekly!
     
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