Assembled Ingredients for Middle Eastern Couscous

Middle Eastern Couscous

I seem to be making more and more Moroccan type foods these days and this couscous is so good and would make an excellent accompaniment to lamb but by all means do try it with other things too.

Makes 6 Servings

1 ½ cups water
2 Tbsp. butter
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. salt
1 ½ cups couscous
½ cup green peas, blanched if fresh or thawed if frozen
1/3 cup dried apricots, diced
1/3 cup raisins, soaked in hot water if dried out
¼ cup sliced unblanched almonds, toasted (see below)
¼ cup chopped cilantro
2 Tbsp. lemon rind

Bring water, butter, lemon juice & salt to a boil. Remove from the heat. Add couscous & peas; cover and let steam for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Toss with remaining ingredients & serve.

Helpful link to Toasting Nuts.

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