Thursday, January 22, 2009

Beef Cous Cous

Beef Cous Cous is a very small granule pasta made from semolina. Originally from North Africa couscous dates back to the 10th century. Back in 2007 in San Vito, Sicily, a lazy fishing village, on the cape, we celebrated the cous cous fest. I was influenced by the many cultures of food there. Cous cous can be made many different ways depending on what part of the Island you are at! The annual cous cous fest is a food competition with some of the Mediterranean country's, finest chefs participating. It is a culinary feast with great foods, wines, music, and beautiful warm people from all around the world coming together. Beef, seafood, or lamb and a variety of vegetables can be used even fruit. Be sure to take time to make the cous cous by coating first with olive oil then splashing water on to the cous cous slowly and mixing well. This is a traditional process that makes softer and lighter couscous and more absorbent to the flavors you used. Being part of this culinary joy was a wonderful experience, I will return! While I am cooking this exotic dish, the aroma of cinnamon fills the air! Yumm.

Beef Cous Cous 
1/2 to 1 pound tenderloin or sirloin tips or top sirloin cut in 1 inch chunks
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 large onion chopped

2 celery stalks cut into 1" pieces
2 carrots cut into 1" pieces
2 potatoes cut into chunks
4 roma tomatoes chopped or
1 small can diced tomatoes
3 garlic cloves chopped

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup cooked chickpeas
3 1/2 cups beef broth
1 1/2 cups warm water

Heat oil over medium heat add beef simmer for about 8 minutes. Add onion, carrots and celery cook 5 minutes. Add potatoes, garlic, tomatoes, pepper, red pepper flakes, cumin and cinnamon cook 5 minutes. Add water, broth and chickpeas cover and bring to a boil then simmer 20 minutes with cous cous in steamer above stew. I like to use a couscousiere, which is a pot with a steamer on top, it works best for this dish.

2 cups cous cous

2 cups water
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

In a large bowl using a wooden spoon add couscous, olive oil and salt mix. Slowly add water by splashing onto the couscous alittle at a time and mix throughly, then steam couscous over stew. Fluff up rice with a fork. Serves 6.


  1. Good, your comments work !
    It's a colourful dish! My Italian friend (with an Tunisian origin husband) used to invite us over to eat her couscous. She used to serve separate salsas with it too.
    I've never made it yet. Thanks for posting the recipe!

  2. Hello Scintilla, Sorry about the comment problem.
    That sounds interesting a good salsa with cous cous! That what I like about this dish so versatile!

  3. I ate couscous last night.....but it sure didn't look as good as this!!

    I tried your chocolate biscotti recipe last weekend, and it turned out wonderful! It was all gone by the end of the day :)

  4. Hello Anait, I am glad the biscotti, are all gone!! Thanks

  5. This looks fabulously good! I must try!

  6. Hi Ash, I know you will like! Thanks

  7. I just discovered your blog. This recipe looks wonderful, as do many of your others. Can't wait to read through!

  8. Hello Donna.FFW, Thanks for stopping by.
    Looking forward to reading your blog too!!