I was a little worried about this months Barefoot Blogger recipes. They are both recipes that I knew would be scary to my wife Lara. This is the first of the scary recipes. I knew it would be scary for several reasons:
- She doesn't like yogurt.
- She doesn't like nuts.
- She doesn't like curry.
- She doesn't like raisins.
I think that's the whole list but I think that makes more things that she doesn't like than likes in this recipe - not very good odds.
The recipe calls for raisins or dried currents. I have no idea where you would find dried currents so I decided to mix it up a little with dried cranberries. When I went to put everything together Lara sees me and asks if I was going to leave out the dressing, dried cranberries, nuts, and onions for her! I compromised and left out the nuts for her but left everything else.
The salad was a surprise hit. Lara even said it was good. The curry flavor was very muted and wasn't at all scary. There was only a 1/4 cup of yogurt so it was not even noticeable - just added a little moistness. Lara even said the dried cranberries were good in it. I think even though it had a lot of things she would not eat by themselves there was not too much of anything and all the flavors blended very well.
I enjoyed the salad a lot too. I think I will probably have to make it for a picnic or two this summer and see how it goes over. The dried currents sound good but if you can't find them I think the dried cranberries were a nice substitution - and they added a little bit of color.
Thanks to Ellyn of Recipe Tester and Collector for this months selection. It looks this recipe is a family favorite for her - thanks for sharing with all of us.
Curried Couscous(Source: The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, page 94)Serves 6Ingredients
- 1 1/2 cups couscous
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1 1/2 cups boiling water
- 1/4 cup plain yogurt
- 1/4 cup good olive oil
- 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon curry powder
- 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup small-diced carrots
- 1/2 cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
- 1/2 cup dried currants or raisins
- 1/4 cup blanched, sliced almonds
- 2 scallions, thinly sliced (white and green parts)
- 1/4 cup small-diced red onionDirections
- Place the couscous in a medium bowl. Melt the butter in the boiling water and pour over the couscous. Cover tightly and allow the couscous to soak for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork.
- Whisk together the yogurt, olive oil, vinegar, curry, turmeric, salt, and pepper. Pour over the fluffed couscous, and mix well with a fork. Add the carrots, parsley, currants, almonds, scallions, and red onions, mix well, and season to taste. Serve at room temperature.