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Jan 12, 2007 02:05 PM

What to serve with couscous/currants?

I realize this is a middle-eastern kind of side dish. I'm wondering what to serve as the main....we don't eat red meat or any poultry but we do do seafood. Thoughts?

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  1. The thought of currants anywhere near fish or seafood doesn't, for some reason, appeal to me. I would suggest a Moroccan vegetable tagine. Or a sweet potato and bean chili.

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    1. re: Nyleve

      yeah, me either. I guess that's why I posted! Maybe I will look into the tagine thing, although I don't own a clay pot.

      1. re: IndyGirl

        You definitely don't need a tagine pot to do a tagine. Tagine, as a generic term, just refers to the stewy concoction that is traditionally cooked in a tagine pot. But I make them all the time in a Dutch oven or other large pan. A tagine that includes lentils or sweet potatoes or butternut squash would be ideal.

        1. re: Nyleve

          Cool! Then maybe I'll try this. I'm new to all things moroccan, at least in the kitchen.

          1. re: IndyGirl

            Here's a vegetable tagine I've made several times. It's delicious. The veggies can be varied to suit what you like and what's available.

            Vegetable Tagine

            2 tbsp. butter or olive oil
            2 medium onions, chopped
            2 small fresh chili peppers, thinly sliced
            1 tbsp. paprika
            1/2 tsp. cayenne (if desired)
            1 tsp. ground cumin
            1 cup dried lentils
            4 tomatoes, chopped
            1/4 cup tomato puree (I just use a bit of extra tomato)
            1 cup chick peas, canned or home cooked
            1 cup carrot, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
            1-1/2 cups green beans, cut into 1-inch pieces
            1 zucchini, cut into 1-inch cubes
            3/4 cup peas, fresh or frozen
            1/2 cup Italian parsley, chopped
            1 tbsp. zaatar
            salt and pepper to taste

            Place the butter or olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and chilies and cook until the onions begin to soften, about 10 minutes. Add the paprika, cayenne and cumin and continue to sauté for two or three minutes. Add the lentils, tomatoes, tomato puree and water just to cover. Simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

            Add the chick peas, carrots, green beans zucchini and green peas. Simmer until everything is tender – about 10 to 15 minutes more. Add the parsley and zaatar, simmer for 5 minutes and serve immediately, accompanied by hot couscous.

            Makes 6 to 8 servings.

            (Some lentils take longer to cook than others – especially the small brown ones. You may want to pour boiling water over the lentils and let them soak for about 1/2 hour before using in this recipe.)

    2. Fish cooked with tomatoes/onions in a Mediterranean style is delightful with couscous and currants! A squash -based veggie stew is also a good choice

      1. I'd say you could do a white fish like halibut or even salmon with a stew that includes some fresh herbs like mint. I think the sweet potato stew idea could work with that.

        I made mahi mahi awhile back with a pineapple-mint salsa and a couscous (isreali style) made with curry, raisins (you could sub currants), carrots and some other delicious veggies and spices.

        It was fantastic. Unfortunately I can't remember where I found the recipe.

        1. I think seafood will work with cousous. How about rosemary skewered shrimps? You literally use the rosemary as the skewer (stick) and skewer the shrimps like a kebab. Because the rosemary is already very fragrant you only need very simple seasoning like salt and pepper and olive oil.

          I also remember having some kind of sauteed clams or mussels in a restaurant that came with couscous on the side. It was very very delicious!

          1. What about an eggplant chickpea stew?

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            1. re: chowser

              I was just going to suggest chickpeas. Would work well with some greens in there too.