Couscous is made from Semolina flour, which is the roughly milled endosperms of Durum Wheat. The Semolina is moistened with water and rolled until little balls are formed. Think of Couscous as a baby pasta. Lebanese Couscous is the largest Couscous in size, ranging from 1/8 to 1/4 in diameter. This style of Couscous offers a new look for the pasta. Use in place of rice, as a side salad, added to soups, mixed with sautéed vegetables, and as a breakfast cereal. Couscous originated in Northern Africa, especially Morocco. Couscous has recently captured the imagination and attention of many Americans. |
Serve Couscous with marinated, broiled vegetables. Cooked chilled Couscous makes a super salad ingredient. Use a bed of Couscous instead of rice with curries or stir fry meals.
Pour 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups of liquid into a medium sized saucepan. The liquid can be water or vegetable stock or meat stock. Using stock adds more flavor to the dish. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil and a pinch of salt to the liquid and bring it to a boil. Add 1 cup of couscous to the boiling liquid. Remove the pan from the heat, cover, and let it stand for about 6 minutes. Do not lift the lid until the required time has elapsed. Fluff the couscous with a fork and serve. This recipe yields about 3 one-cup servings.