The Veggie Cook
Couscous with potatoes
Spicy sauce brings together couscous, potatoes
Saffron, mint couscous: Traditional dried chilis need time-consuming boiling and soaking. I recommend fresh peppers that require no special attention. (Bill Hogan/Chicago Tribune)
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon caraway seeds
½ cup packed mint leaves, chopped
3 green onions, halved lengthwise, chopped
1 teaspoon saffron mixed into 1 teaspoon hot water, optional
1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Heat the water and veggie broth to a boil in a large saucepan. Add couscous and 1 teaspoon salt. Cover the saucepan; lower heat to a simmer. Cook until all water is absorbed, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat; leave the pot covered.
2. Toss potatoes on a baking sheet with the olive oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt; bake until soft, about 25 minutes.
3. For the harissa sauce, pulse garlic and serrano peppers in a food processor until minced. Add olive oil, lemon juice, orange zest, salt and caraway seeds. Blend until thick and creamy. Transfer mixture to a bowl.
4.Spoon couscous into a large bowl; fluff with a fork. Mix in mint, green onions and saffron in water.
5. Slice potatoes into bite-size pieces. Stir 1/4 cup harissa sauce into the potatoes; mix into the couscous.
Per serving: 522 calories, 12 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 88 g carbohydrates, 13 g protein, 937 mg sodium, 7 g fiber.
Kay Stepkin is a vegetarian cooking instructor. Email her at email@example.com.