Monday, May 23, 2011

Israeli Couscous with Cranberries

I needed to take a dish to a pool party and didn't want to have to go to the store to buy ingredients to make something. I had all of the ingredients and made slight modifications to accommodate not having a few items. The result was a great side dish that everyone enjoyed.

Israeli Couscous with Cranberries

adapted from

3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup onion, finely chopped (or shallots finely chopped)
1 1/2 cups Israeli couscous (8 oz box from Trader Joes is perfect)
1/2 tsp of ground Cinnamon
1 3/4 cups water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped
1/2 cup dried cranberries
Juice of one lemon
Olive oil for drizzling (if desired)
Pepper to taste

Add 3 tablespoons of oil to heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add onions and cinnamon and saute until golden. Add couscous and stir often until couscous browns lightly, about 3 minutes. Add water and salt and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cover and simmer until liquid is absorbed and couscous is tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add cilantro, cranberries, lemon juice. Season with a little salt to taste and drizzle with more olive oil if desired.


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