We like to use a combination of sweet and hot Italian sausages here for alternating bites of mild and spicy, but don't feel limited by our preferences. Use your own favorite, and grill, broil or even sauté it — whatever seems easiest to you.
- For Couscous:
- 5 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 1/3 cups couscous
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup tomato juice
- 1 cup water
- For Sausages:
- 1 pound mild or hot Italian sausages or a combination
1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tomato, diced
- 1/2 cup chopped cilantro (optional)
FOR COUSCOUS: In a large frying pan with a lid, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over moderately low heat. Add the garlic, couscous, cumin, cayenne and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt to the pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the couscous starts to brown, about 3 minutes. Stir in the tomato juice and water. Bring to a simmer. Cover, remove from the heat, and let stand 5 minutes. Transfer the couscous to a platter or a large glass or stainless steel bowl to cool.
FOR SAUSAGES: Meanwhile, light the grill or heat the broiler. Coat the sausages with 1/2 tablespoon of the oil. Grill or broil the sausages, turning occasionally, until completely cooked through, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat. When the sausages are cool enough to handle, cut them into thin slices.
TO SERVE: Toss the cooled couscous with the lemon juice, the remaining 3 1/2 tablespoons oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt and the tomato. Top with the sliced sausages and the cilantro.
Tip: WINE RECOMMENDATION:
Australian shiraz is an all-purpose red that marries particularly well with anything from the grill. It offers lots of ripe blackberry flavor, pepper nuances and a soft, lush texture.
Recipe reprinted by permission of Food and Wine. All rights reserved.
nutrition information per serving
780 calories; 53g total fat; 86mg cholesterol; 1281mg sodium; 50g carbohydrates; 4g fiber; 25g protein
These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.
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