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Sweet and Nutty Moroccan Couscous

Christina S.

"I've simplified this recipe for Couscous Mesfouf without losing any of its deliciously complex flavor. Prepare all the mix-ins ahead of time and it takes only minutes to make. Enjoy!"
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Ingredients

20 m servings 442 cals
Original recipe yields 6 servings

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  1. Pour the vegetable broth into a large saucepan, and bring to a boil. Add the butter, apricots, dates and raisins. Boil for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat, and stir in the couscous. Cover, and let stand for 5 minutes. Stir in the cinnamon and toasted almonds, and serve.

Footnotes

  • Cook's Note:
  • To toast almonds, spread them out on a baking sheet, and bake for 10 minutes in a preheated 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) oven, or until they are fragrant.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 442 calories; 14.8 g fat; 68.2 g carbohydrates; 10.5 g protein; 25 mg cholesterol; 164 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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Some reviewers, apparently, haven't a clue what this recipe is all about. Please note: (1) this is a Moroccan SIDE DISH; (2) it is SUPPOSED to be spicy and somewhat sweet; and (3) it is intend...

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This seemed to be lacking some liquid and a savory counter to the sweet cinnamon.

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Some reviewers, apparently, haven't a clue what this recipe is all about. Please note: (1) this is a Moroccan SIDE DISH; (2) it is SUPPOSED to be spicy and somewhat sweet; and (3) it is intend...

Per others' suggestions, I substituted chicken broth for the vegetable broth, reduced cinnamon to 1 1/4 tsp., and used dried cranberries instead of the dates. Liked the buttery, sweet flavor. R...

Very good! The recipe calls for 3 teaspoons cinnamon. However, I do suggest that you start with 1 teaspoon, then add more, to taste. One teaspoon gives such a subtle taste!

i didn't even add the almonds yet (i am serving it tonite, don't want them soggy) and it is delish! pretty sweet too. you can even eat it without the cinnamon. i made it with whole-wheat couscou...

This was a very good/easy recipe, but I did change the recipe substantially. I used chicken broth instead of vegetable broth, I omitted the dates because I didn't have any and used dried cherri...

DO NOT-I REPEAT-DO NOT PUT THAT MUCH CINNAMON IN! I put 1 tsp. cinnamon and that was plenty. This was a pretty good side-dish, though I got no raves from my family. I think it needs something...

OK - this DEFINITELY needs at least 1 cup or even 2 cups of additional stock. I am middle eastern, too, and this is not how couscous is supposed to be - even when served with a liquidy dish, wh...

My husband and I enjoyed this very much. For quick vegetable broth, try Knorrs vegetable cubes - I use them in place of any broth (chicken, beef or vegetable).

This was the perfect recipe for a first time Moroccan food eater! Not too spicy but with plenty of flavor! It was sweet enough and not so exotic to feed the kids too!