Monday, February 16, 2009

Working Eater Series: Sun-Dried Tomato Couscous

Do you remember the Ronco infomercials for the Showtime Rotisserie Machine, where Ron Popeil casually indicated you simply needed to, "Set it, and forget it?"

I am not lauding the merits of any Ronco product in this post, but rather, explaining that you can actually "set, and forget" an excellent couscous. For a mouthwatering side dish worthy enough for an elegant, yet simple evening meal, try this nourishing sun-dried tomato couscous, where you can literally set it on the stove, and forget it until dinnertime!

Sun-Dried Tomato Couscous
1 cup of fine Moroccan durum wheat couscous
1 cup of chicken broth (or vegetable broth or stock)
2 heaping tbsp of sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil, chopped and with oil
2 tbsp of dried raisins, optional
basil or Italian parsley, chopped, for garnish
green olives, for serving

Bring the chicken broth to a rolling boil in a lidded pot. Add the couscous, sun-dried tomatoes, and raisins to the pot, and immediately take the pot off the heat and cover the pot tightly, with the lid. After 10 minutes, fluff the couscous with a fork. Serve the couscous with parsley or basil as a garnish. This flavorful couscous is best served with chicken breast, salmon, and other moist and succulent fish fillets that have been baked or grilled. If you are a vegetarian, then try this with grilled zucchini and eggplant.


  1. What a delightful couscous! Wonderful!



  2. Looks delicious! May I ask, what kind of camera/flash system do you use? I am new to photography (using my Nikon D40) and have no idea how to make my food photos look as professional as yours. Thanks!

  3. This couscous looks delish! What a lovely photograph!

  4. I really love a good couscous recipe, and this looks tasty. I have bookmarked it to make very soon :) I really love sun dried tomatoes!

  5. It is very delightful Rosa's Yummy Yums, and easy too!

    My husband bought me a new Canon Rebel, I believe XTI Christina Kim, but I use to use a Canon point and shoot, and I thought the pictures came out just as nice with nice lighting. I am still a camera novice--I usually just shoot on the automatic setting!

    Thank you Sophie, it was delicious and easy!

    Sun-dried tomatoes make any dish "pop" Finsmom, thank you for your kind words! It doesn't need raisins, but raisins lend a nice sweetness to the dish. You could even add nuts!

  6. Oh my -- great photos! now I'm hungry :P

  7. This is an easy dish Dolly Vu, so appease your hunger with this couscous!

  8. It is tasty Kevin, I hope you try it!

  9. Hey!!
    I love couscous and he combination with tomato is just great.
    Thanks for sharing your recipe.


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