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