Saffron-Scented Couscous With Pine Nuts

"Published in Bon Appetit April 2009."
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  • bring broth, 2 tablespoons butter, saffron, and 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt to boil in heavy large saucepan, stirring to melt butter.
  • Remove from heat. Mix in couscous. Cover and let stand until all liquid is absorbed and couscous is tender, about 10 minutes. Fluff couscous with fork. Mix in remaining 1 tablespoon butter and half of green onions and nuts. Seanson to taste with salt and pepper. Mound in bowl. Sprinkle with remaining green onions and nuts.

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  1. This was so good, I scaled it back for 5/8th cup of couscous which was plenty for 3 of us as a side. All liquid only took about 6 to 7 minutes to absorb and the colour was just fabulous (had the DM raving) though if you should want to add a litte sweetness add some sultanas or raisins (pre=-soaked) I think would be good. Thank you Queen Dana, made for ZAAR Chef Alphabet Soup Tag Game..
  2. This is a really nice (and easy) side. I liked that it was mild flavor so it didn't "clash" with the Peanut chicken dish I served it with. Would also be very good with fish. Made for Spring 2012 PAC game.
  3. Made half the recipe and like Rita I used tri-colored couscous...delicious! I served it with Recipe#402239#402239 and summer squash and it made for a wonderful meal. Thank you for submitting this recipe. It is one I will definately make again. Made for Zaar Alphabet Tag game.
  4. This was a lovely side, with mild flavors that could go with just about anything! We enjoyed it with mustard salmon, but I can even see adding chickpeas and maybe olives to beef it into a vegetarian main. It was very easy to throw together, and does make quite a bit. DH thought it was really a great change of pace side dish :). Made for ZWT 8: The Wild Bunch.
  5. I love couscous for its ease of preparation and flavor. This recipe is no different. Delicious. :)


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