This side dish is a taste experience–but it’s still easy to prepare!
I personally love a good easy side dish. But sometimes, for Yom Tov, I like to throw in a little something special to elevate our meal. I don’t necessarily find that I need to compromise and patchke in order to put a beautiful, impressive and delicious side on my table that has all the components needed to make a great bed for your main.
For starters, doesn’t really get easier than making instant couscous. Follow the instructions on the package for best results; definitely don’t skip the olive oil and you MUST add the salt if you want a well balanced final side dish. To add that extra oomph I sauté the onions in olive oil then add a bunch of yummy add ons like dried cranberries, golden raisins and toasted slivered almonds for a little extra crunch and sweetness. The bit of sugar I add is to really caramelize that mixture which is what makes it irresistible.
Now onto the real stars of the show: the turmeric and saffron. Turmeric for that beautiful yellow color and saffron to give it that unique but mild taste and take it to the next level. If you really can’t find saffron feel free to skip it but I highly recommend you try it if you haven’t. If you have a Trader Joe’s near you, they sell them for around $5 for a small bottle that will last you for a long time. You really only need a small pinch for this recipe.
- 1 10oz package instant Moroccan couscous, cooked according to package instructions; definitely don’t skip the olive oil and you MUST add the salt if you want a well balanced final side dish.
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 2 onions, sliced
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- ½ cup golden raisins
- ½ cup toasted slivered almonds
- 4 tbsp sugar
- ½ tsp turmeric
- Pinch of salt
- Pinch saffron, optional but recommended
- Heat olive oil in a frying pan over medium-low heat. Add onions and cook until soft, about 8 minutes.
- Add craisins, slivered almonds, golden raisins, sugar, turmeric, salt and saffron. Mix well and sauté until everything is caramelized, about 3 minutes.
- Combine with prepared couscous, breaking apart bigger chunks.
I invite you try this dish. It will become a new staple for Yom Tov! Pair with lamb to get the full Moroccan experience. But also really great with roasts and chicken! Enjoy!