We are all mad about Yotam Ottolenghi, his brilliant program on SBS on Thursday nights, and his fabulous recipes in his 3 books. All 3 are now in stock! I was so fortunate to experience yet another fantastic Ottolenghi dinner last night at my friend's place, who is an Ottolenghi devotee and brilliant cook. She has shared this sensational recipe.....
Couscous with grilled cherry tomatoes and fresh herbs
- 6 tbsp olive oil
- 2 large onions, sliced into 2mm thick rings (400g net)
- 1 tsp honey
- ½ tsp ras el hanout spice mix
- 60g golden raisins or sultanas
- 600g cherry tomatoes
- 500g couscous
- 25g unsalted butter, cut into 3cm dice
- 1 tsp cumin seeds, toasted and lightly crushed
- 1 garlic cloves, crushed
- 80g toasted almonds, roughly chopped
- 25g rocket, roughly chopped
- 20g coriander, roughly chopped
- 20g parsley, roughly chopped
- 20g mint, roughly torn
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tbsp argan oil, or olive oil if unavailable
- Salt and black pepper
Start by caramelising the onions. Place a medium sauté pan on a medium to high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, the onions, honey, ras el hanout, ¼ teaspoon of salt and ¼ teaspoon of pepper. Cook for 15-30 minutes, on until the onions are soft, dark brown and sweet. Remove from the heat, stir in the raisins or sultanas and set aside.
Place a ridged griddle pan on high heat and leave until piping hot. Mix the tomatoes with 2 tablespoons of oil and cook on the hot pan for about 4 minutes, until the skin is slightly charred and the flesh is soft, turning occasionally. Set aside.
Line the base and sides of a roasting tin, approximately 20 x 30 centimeters, with baking paper and put in the couscous, along with ½ a teaspoon of salt. Pour over 800ml of boiling water and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Stir and leave to soak for 10 minutes, covered with foil. Dot the soaked couscous with the butter cubes, cover with foil again and bake in the oven for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and fluff up with a fork.
Once the couscous has cooled slightly transfer it into a large bowl. Add the onion and raisin mix and stir. Add the cumin seeds, garlic, almonds, rocket and most of the herbs, leaving a little to the end. Finally add the lemon juice, ½ teaspoon of salt and ½ teaspoon of pepper and mix gently.
Gradually transfer the couscous to a serving platter scattering with the cherry tomatoes as you go. Finish with a sprinkle of herbs and drizzle with argan oil.