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Apple Mint Couscous

  • Yield: 2 1/2 cups


  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup peeled and finely chopped sweet apples
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallots
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 9 turns freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup couscous
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup Basic Chicken Stock
  • Mint sprigs, for garnish


  • Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in a large skillet over high heat. Add the apples, shallots, garlic, mint, salt, and pepper and sauté for 2 minutes. Add the couscous and the olive oil and sauté, stirring, for about 3 minutes.
  • Stir in the stock and bring to a boil, stirring, for about 2 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Stir in then remaining 1 teaspoon butter and turn off the heat. Cover and allow to sit for about 2 minutes.
  • To serve, press into lightly oiled half-cup molds and unmold immediately onto plates. Garnish with a fresh mint sprig. Serve immediately.