Friday, February 6, 2009

Couscous with Apricots for Tyler Florence Fridays

This week my recipe for Tyler Florence Fridays is a quick, easy and healthy side dish; Couscous with Apricots. from his Food 911 show (here). It also helps me multi-task as I added it for some color to my Middle Eastern plate for my Cook the Books entry, (to be posted very soon). This dish has more of a Moroccan flavor to it than a Jordanian one, as in the book but what the heck, it looks good, tastes good and takes only about 15 minutes to make.

Couscous with Apricots
Tyler Florence
(Makes 4-6 servings)

1 1/2 cups couscous
2 cups hot chicken stock
10 dried apricots, chopped
2 scallions, sliced thin, green parts only
1 orange, juiced
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves, for garnish

Put the couscous in a medium bowl; pour the hot stock over it and stir to combine. Cover and let sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Uncover and fluff with a fork. Add the apricots, scallions, and orange juice; drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Toss gently to combine. Garnish with chopped parsley.

Notes/Results: I used a whole wheat couscous and added just one tablespoon of olive oil but otherwise, I made this recipe as written. It's quick, easy and delicious. It has a nice bright flavor from the orange juice and a little sweetness from the chopped apricots. A great, light, simple side dish for any occasion. I will make it again, maybe adding some pistachios for a bit of crunch. 

You can check out what the other TFF bloggers made this week and what they thought of their picks  at the TFF site here. Consider joining us, it's simple and you get to choose what Tyler recipe you make--the details are at the site.  

I will be heading off to Portland today to visit my family for a week but I am planning to get some posts in--including Souper Sundays where I will be sharing a soup made by my Mom.
Have a great weekend!


  1. I've only recently started adding in dried fruit to my starchy side dishes but have never tried dried apricots. Looks good!

  2. I love dried apricots, the pairing of them with the orange juice in the couscous sounds really good!
    Your dish looks so pretty in the vibrant blue bowl. Looking forward to the Middle Eastern post soon!

  3. I have had my eye on this recipe, glad you liked it, and great suggestion on the pistachios, sounds like they would go great in this. Although with the pistachio kick I've been on lately I'm starting to think they go great with everything, ha!

    Wishing you safe travels and a fun visit with your family, can't wait to hear about your mom's soup :)

  4. We love coucous and couscous with fruit is even better.

    Nice combination and one I will try.

  5. Parsley is one of our fave herbs...second only to garlic! Love the color and extra flavor punch it gives to anything. It has to be divine with a bit of apricot.

  6. Nice and healthy - and you are really sticking to your resolve to eat better!

    I'd love to hear about Portland, we are taking a trip to Vancouver, WA soon and they are so close.

  7. It's such a pretty, colorful dish. The flavors are great and really refreshing. Enjoy your trip!

  8. I love couscous and apricots! This looks so good and healthy too!

  9. Your dish is colorful and it's great to hear that it's delicious and versatile as well! Great job.

  10. This looks lovely. I bet the dried apricots give it a zing!

  11. This looks delicious and sounds like it has great flavor. YUM!! Ill have to try it soon. Thanks for your welcome to TFF!!

  12. This looks great, what a fun way to serve couscous! I love apricots.

  13. i love dried fruit in side dishes. hope you have a great trip to portland!

  14. Well, this is next on my list. I forget to check for Tyler recipes on-line.

  15. Nice colors and looks easy enough to make. I'm starting to have a fierce liking for Tyler Florence because of your posts :)

  16. That looks liked one fine side dish. I think adding a handful of sauteed pine nuts would gild this lily of recipe quite nicely. Thanks!


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