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Couscous

Couscous

In couscous, the meat and vegetable mixture is rather long to cook, but not difficult. And the couscous itself (a kind of coarse semolina) is simple and quick to prepare.

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Last modified on: November 16th 2017

For 10 people, you will need:

How long does it take?

PreparationRestingCookingStart to finish
48 min.5 min.1 hour 43 min.2 hours 36 min.
Preservation: Several days in the fridge, in a closed jar.
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Step by step recipe

1 Couscous : Photo of step #1

Vegetables preparation

Prepare 4 courgettes.

If you have small courgettes, just cut into thick slices.

Set aside.
10 min.
2 Couscous : Photo of step #2Wash and slice 1 leek thinly, set aside. 10 min.
3 Couscous : Photo of step #3Peel and wash 4 carrots, cut into pieces, set aside. 10 min.
4 Couscous : Photo of step #4Peel and wash 4 turnips, cut into pieces, set aside. 10 min.
5 Couscous : Photo of step #5Peel and slice 1 onion and 1 garlic clove thinly. 5 min.
6 Couscous : Photo of step #6

Meats preparation

In a big pan on hot fire, put 4 tablespoons olive oil.

When it's hot, make brown 20 Meatballs.
10 min.
7 Couscous : Photo of step #7Do the same thing with 800 g chicken breast.

Do this for all the meats, then set aside.
10 min.
8 Couscous : Photo of step #8In the same pan, add a little more olive oil if necessary, add onion and garlic, salt and pepper, and cook for 1 or 2 minutes. 3 min.
9 Couscous : Photo of step #9Add meat, 4 tablespoons spices for couscous and mix again. 1 min.
10 Couscous : Photo of step #10Add all the vegetables and 350 g tinned (canned) chickpeas, mix again.
11 Couscous : Photo of step #11Add 2 litres water. With a spatula, scrape bottom of pan well to mix all the flavours (important).

Add 70 g tomato paste and 2 beefs stock cube, then salt and pepper.
2 min.
12 Couscous : Photo of step #12Bring to the boil. 15 min.
13 Couscous : Photo of step #13Then cover, and let cook on slow fire for at least 1 hour (2 or 3 hours is better). 1 hour
14 Couscous : Photo of step #14

Couscous preparation

Prepare the couscous: heat 5 glasses water with 3 tablespoons olive oil and salt.
5 min.
15 Couscous : Photo of step #15When water is boiling, remove from heat and add 5 glasses semolina, mix well, cover and leave for 5 minutes. 5 min.
16 Couscous : Photo of step #16After this time, add 50 g butter (or more), and mix with a fork. It's ready.
17 Couscous : Photo of step #17When couscous is ready, broth is in a beautiful red and all vegetables are soft.

Check seasoning.
18 Couscous : Photo of step #18The traditional way to serve: a layer of couscous, then vegetables and meat, and a good deal of sauce over the top.

Remarks

To prepare a hotter sauce: take 2 or 3 ladles of stock from the pan, and in a bowl mix with a good tablespoon of harissa (according to your taste) and some chick-peas. Serve with couscous for spicy sauce aficionados.

As for the chicken, choose a good quality one (free-range, of traceable origin, or "red label" in France for instance).

Proportions are given as suggestions, do not hesitate to adapt to your taste.

You can add other vegetables if you like: bell pepper, aubergine/eggplants, and other meats: meatballs, lamb, spicy sausage, beef...

If you can't find a ready-made mix of couscous spices, you can make your own from: cumin, coriander (ground), cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cardamom and turmeric. Paprika, cloves and caraway are also sometimes used.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
5585272 gr316 gr359 gr
279 %105 %30 %54 %
Per 100 g
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
774 gr4 gr5 gr
4 %1 %<1 %1 %
Per person
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
55827 gr31 gr35 gr
28 %10 %3 %5 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

How much will it cost?

For 10 people : 27.33 €
Per person : 2.73 €

Note : These prices are only approximate.

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And to drink?: A wine from Algeria of course, or Languedoc, something full-bodied. Otherwise a well chilled rosé from Provence.
Source: Home made
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