Moroccan-style burgers and couscous

Our Gourmet Moroccan Beef Burgers have proved to be one of our most popular recent introductions so, with barbecue season now upon us, we thought we’d suggest a delicious North African-themed accompaniment.

Couscous is a very well known dish that is made from durum wheat and originates from North Africa. It can be bought in many forms, including ready-cooked, and it’s great for soaking up flavour. The most common form is the quick-cook variety which can be cooked by adding boiling water or by simmering gently in a pan. Cooking times vary, so follow the supplier’s instructions.

In this example, we’re using a fairly simple recipe, but you can enliven it with your own additions – peas, beans, raisins, extra spices – whatever you fancy.

To serve approximately four people, you will need:

couscous-15-E200g couscous (not ready cooked)

  • 250ml of chicken stock
  • 100ml olive oil
  • 2 lemons
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Handful of fresh mint

Method:

Note that this recipe can be served hot or cold, so you can prepare it in advance, depending on how you want to serve it.

  • Heat the chicken stock in a pan (you can use vegetable stock if you prefer)
  • Put the couscous in a large bowl.
  • Take the zest and juice of the two lemons.
  • When the stock is boiling, pour it over the couscous
  • Stir in the olive oil, lemon juice and zest.
  • Cover the bowl with cling-film and give the couscous time to absorb the stock. Cooking times vary but it will usually take around 5 to 10 minutes.
  • When the liquid has been absorbed, stir the couscous with a fork to make it light and fluffy.
  • Season to taste.
  • Add the finely chopped mint and any extra chosen ingredients – tomatoes, peas, finely chopped peppers, raisins etc. – and lightly fork into the mix.

Healthy, delicious and ideal for summers in the garden, couscous makes the perfect accompaniment to KQF’s Moroccan-style Gourmet Beef Burgers.