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Couscous


COUSCOUS
Houston’s Copycat Recipe

Serves  4 to 6

3 cups water, divided
1/2 cup couscous
1/2 cup bulgur wheat
3/4 cup coarsely chopped radishes
3 tablespoons finely cut green onions
3 tablespoons minced Italian parsley
1/2 cup raisins
12 very small tomatoes,
1/3 cup whole roasted, skin-on almonds
1/2 cup whole fresh mint leaves
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oi
sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

In a small saucepan, bring 11/2 cups water to a simmer. Add the couscous and cook gently until the water is absorbed, approximately 3 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer the couscous to a baking sheet to cool.

In another small saucepan, bring the remaining 11/2 cups water to a simmer. Add the bulgur wheat and cook gently until the water is absorbed, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer to a baking sheet to cool.

In a large bowl, combine the cooled couscous and bulgur wheat. Stir in the radishes, green onions, parsley, raisins, tomatoes, almonds and mint leaves. Add the lemon juice and olive oil, stirring to coat. Season with one-half teaspoon salt and one-fourth teaspoon pepper. Taste and adjust the flavorings and seasonings as desired.