The couscous recipe is from The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook on page 94 and can also be found on the Food Network site here.
The Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten
(Makes 6 (large) Servings)
1 1/2 cups couscous
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups boiling water
1/4 cup plain yogurt
1/4 cup good olive oil
1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon curry powder
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup small-diced carrots
1/2 cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/2 cup dried currants or raisins
1/4 cup blanched, sliced almonds
2 scallions, thinly sliced (white and green parts)
1/4 cup small-diced red onion
Place the couscous in a medium bowl. Melt the butter in the boiling water and pour over the couscous. Cover tightly and allow the couscous to soak for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork.
Whisk together the yogurt, olive oil, vinegar, curry, turmeric, salt, and pepper. Pour over the fluffed couscous, and mix well with a fork. Add the carrots, parsley, currants, almonds, scallions, and red onions, mix well, and season to taste. Serve at room temperature.
Notes/Results: Good flavors and textures and an easy and quick side dish. I have a similar recipe with quinoa that I make and I like the flavor of it a bit better than this one because of the citrus flavors I worked into it, however this is still very good and it is a faster to the table alternative. I made the whole recipe and used about a half cup of yogurt with a couple of tablespoons of olive oil, which worked out fine. I also upped the curry powder a bit because I wanted a bit more curry flavor. Cooking the couscous in veggie stock also adds flavor, and I really liked the addition of the mint so much that I would leave it in next time I make it. In this case I used this recipe as a side dish with lamb, but with some feta cheese or marinated tofu it would be a great vegetarian entree and adding some grilled shrimp or shredded chicken would work well for a light summer lunch or dinner.
Thanks Ellyn for a great, healthier and lighter pick that is perfect for the warmer weather here. You can see what the other Barefoot Bloggers thought of this recipe by going to the BB site here.