Thursday, September 16, 2010

Tunisian Couscous Salad with Grilled Sausage

This was one of the recipes we made with the ingredients already in our house. I gave it four stars because it was really good but Mark would give it five because he thought it was out of this world!

5 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/3 cups couscous
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup tomato juice (I just used the juice from a can of diced tomatoes)
1 cup water
1 pound mild or hot Italian sausages or a combination
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tomato, diced (I only had canned)
1/2 cup chopped cilantro (optional)

In a large frying pan with a lid, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over moderately low heat. Add the garlic, couscous, cumin, cayenne, and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt to the pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the couscous starts to brown, about 3 minutes. Stir in the tomato juice and water. Bring to a simmer. Cover, remove from the heat, and let stand 5 minutes. Transfer the couscous to a platter or a large glass or stainless-steel bowl to cool.
Meanwhile, light the grill or heat the broiler. Coat the sausages with 1/2 tablespoon of the oil. Grill or broil the sausages, turning occasionally, until completely cooked through, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat. When the sausages are cool enough to handle, cut them into thin slices.
Toss the cooled couscous with the lemon juice, the remaining 3 1/2 tablespoons oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt, and the tomato. Top with the sliced sausages and the cilantro.

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