Monday, September 29, 2014

Couscous Salad from Morocco~ Virtual Food & Wine Festival

I am so excited to participate in this year's Virtual Food & Wine Festival hosted by Focused on the Magic.  I always look forward to times when I can work with some of my favorite Disney Bloggers! 
 
This year I made an unusual choice.  I went with the Couscous Salad from Morocco's Restaurant Marrakesh in Epcot.  Last time, I played it safe and chose to make my great grandmother's spaghetti sauce.  While it wasn't an official Epcot or Food & Wine recipe, it was an authentic Italian dish.  The reason this year's Couscous choice is unusual is because my visit to Morocco's Tangierine Cafe a few years ago was one of my least favorite meals in Walt Disney World!  

I've continued to read recipes on Pinterest and in magazines that use couscous, so I thought I'd give Moroccan food a second chance!  Thanks to Deb at All Ears for publishing this recipe.

Couscous Salad from Morocco
Yield - 4 servings

Ingredients:
Olive oil
1/2 of a red onion
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
1/2 of a sweet red bell pepper
1/2 of a sweet green bell pepper
1/2 of a chopped zucchini
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Nutmeg to taste
Cinnamon to taste
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
1 cup orange juice
12 ounces cooked plain couscous
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1/2 cup tangerine segments or mandarin orange segments
Mint sprig for garnish

Method:
  
In a large nonstick skillet, sauté onion, garlic, sweet bell peppers and zucchini in olive oil. Season with salt, pepper, nutmeg and cinnamon. 
  
Add 1/2 cup olive oil to vegetables along with raisins, chickpeas and orange juice. 
  
Toss vegetable mixture with couscous and pan juices. Add parsley and gently fold in citrus segments. Mound mixture onto a serving platter and garnish with mint.

Happy cooking! 


9 comments:

  1. I haven't tried this, but it looks and sounds great. Love the fruit to give a little sweetness, will have to give this one a try.

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  2. I will definitely have to pin this one to give it a try Beth. I have tried couscous before. Thanks for sharing it!

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  3. We have couscous at home but have never added the citrus to it. It sounds and looks good. I need to give this recipe a try. I love the Tangerine Cafe in Epcot. It would nice to bring the flavors of Morocco home. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. I love couscous, but confess that I haven't tried it at World ShowCase. It looks delicious and full of veggies. Did you like it Beth?? :D

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  5. I have never tried Moroccan food, but this sounds like something I might actually like. I think I'll have to give it a try sometime!

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  6. I've never tried a couscous. Is it a similar spice flavor to a curry?

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  7. I'm not sure if I've ever even had couscous. I think I will have to give this recipe a try!

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  8. Couscous is one of my favorites! This recipe sounds delicious! I could probably eat the whole thing myself.

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  9. Couscous was my favorite part about eating at Morocco many years ago! I've never tried to make it at home,because I didn't have a clue how! Pinning right now!

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