A Recipe for Happiness couscous promises you so many great things, if only you believe!
Thousands of couscous grains for abundance.
Pomegranate for hope.
Apples for health.
Pineapple for friendship.
Ras el hanout for bedroom bliss.
Onion for wisdom.
Garlic to ward off evil (vampires too!).
Honey for much sweetness in the New Year.
Happy 2012! It will be a fabulous one!
A Recipe for Happiness; COUSCOUS WITH CARAMELIZED ONIONS, APPLES, PINEAPPLE AND POMEGRANATE RECIPE
YIELD: 4 APPETIZER SERVINGS
PREP TIME: 10 MIN
COOK TIME: 15 MIN
This is a truly delicious couscous that you can enjoy as an appetizer or even as dessert if you’re adventurous. You will love it whether you’re into symbolism or not.
For the topping
- 1 small yellow onion, cut into thin strips
- 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and diced
- 1 cup fresh or canned pineapple chunks
- ½ cup pomegranate arils
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons honey
- ½ teaspoon ras el hanout (I used this one–you can make or buy it)
For the couscous
- ¾ cup water
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons honey
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ras el hanout
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
- 2/3 cup instant whole-grain couscous
Fill the pot of a steamer about halfway with water and bring to a boil.
Place the onion, apples, and pineapple in the steamer basket over the boiling water.
Cover and steam until soft but not mushy, 10 to 15 minutes.
In a medium saucepan, bring the butter and honey to sizzle until they’re a beautiful golden caramel color.
Stir in ras el hanout. Add the steamed onion, apples, and pineapple and toss to coat with the glaze.
Bring water, oil, honey, salt, ras el hanout, cinnamon, and garlic powder to a boil in a small saucepan.
Stir in the couscous.
Remove from the heat.
Cover and let stand 5 minutes.
Fluff the couscous with a fork.
Plate the couscous onto four dessert/appetizer plates.
Top with the glazed onion and fruit.
Disperse pomegranate arils on top.
Enjoy it warm.