Moroccan-style burgers and couscous

June 5, 2015 at 9:20 am

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.