Fruit Couscous

    20 minutes

    This is a great couscous using a range of fruits and nuts including apricot, dates and almonds. A perfect side dish for any meat.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 2 cups (500ml) vegetable stock
    • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 1/3 cup diced dates
    • 1/3 cup diced dried apricots
    • 1/3 cup sultanas
    • 2 cups dry couscous
    • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted

    Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:20min 

    1. Pour the vegetable stock into a large saucepan and bring to a boil.
    2. Add the butter, apricots, dates and saltanas; boil for 2 to 3 minutes.
    3. Remove from the heat and stir in the couscous. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes.
    4. Stir in the cinnamon and toasted almonds then serve.

    Toasting Almonds

    To toast almonds spread them out on a baking tray and bake for 10 minutes in 180 degrees oven or until they are fragrant.

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    This is a huge amount. I halved the ingredients and still had way too much for my family of 4. The broth of boiling fruit smells unpleasant but thankfully that doesn't stay for the finished product. I made mine without nuts and was still tasty.  -  18 Aug 2013


    Some reviewers, apparently, haven't a clue what this recipe is all about. Please note: (1) this is a Moroccan SIDE DISH; (2) it is SUPPOSED to be spicy and somewhat sweet; and (3) it is intended to be served with a tagine, or other stew, and should be DRY enough to soak up the juices of the main course. When used as it is intended, it is a spectacular--and VERY fast and easy--part of a meal featuring, say, a delicious, savory lamb tagine. It should come as no surprise that it will need some alteration if it is used in another way. But I think it's unfair to criticize baked potatoes because they aren't prime rib or pound cake. I find this recipe really, really good, just as it appears here. I have made it dozens of times as an accompaniment to Middle Eastern food. to rave reviews. However, if you want bland and soupy, look elsewhere, or make the alterations others suggest as "improvements."  -  28 Dec 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Per others' suggestions, I substituted chicken broth for the vegetable broth, reduced cinnamon to 1 1/4 tsp., and used dried cranberries instead of the dates. Liked the buttery, sweet flavor. Reduce the 2 cups dry couscous to one 10 oz. box of couscous (measured out to 1 1/2 cups approx.) Even with that reduction, it is a tad dry so you might want to add 1 or 2 T. extra broth. (The dried fruits absorb some of the liquid, leaving less for the couscous and making it a tad on the dry side.)  -  29 Jun 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)