Tunisian Couscous Salad With Grilled Sausages

"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)"
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  • 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.

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  1. zeldaz51
    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!
  2. Darkhunter
    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.
  3. little_wing
    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!
  4. Outta Here
    This was delicious! I made the "ecumenical" version by using Israeli couscous, which is bigger. :) I also grilled some zucchini and red pepper slices to go with it. I think this would also be good hot, during the winter. Made for ZWT III.
  5. Thymestudio
    Very good recipe, a really nice couscous. I like spicy so I made it a little hotter than the recipe called for. Nice flavor and a very good lunch! ZWT3


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