Dino made this recipe for Bobby Flay night, and it was really good, too! The sweet oranges balanced out the bitterness in the radicchio, and the combination of fresh herbs was really nice. The crunch of the almonds on top was a great finish.
Couscous with Orange and Almonds
2 cups instant couscous
2 cups boiling water
1 teaspoon salt, plus more for seasoning
1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 medium onion, thinly sliced
1 orange, peeled, segmented and diced
3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint leaves
3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 head radicchio, shredded
Freshly ground black pepper
Toasted slivered almonds
Put the couscous in a large bowl, add the 2 cups boiling water, 1 teaspoon salt and orange zest, then cover and let steam for 5 minutes. Remove the cover and fluff with a fork.
Whisk together the orange juice, vinegar and olive oil in a small bowl. Add half of the dressing to the couscous along with the onion, orange,
mint and parsley and gently combine with a fork.
Put the radicchio in a bowl, add the remaining dressing and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Transfer the couscous to a large platter, top with the radicchio and garnish with slivered almonds.
Big Flavors Rating: 4 Stars