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Aug 22, 2008

Roasted Vegetables with Cous Cous

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If you Google cous cous with roasted vegetables you'll get a good few recipes.  Skim them and add your own intuition and you'll do fine.

Above, a just-into-the-oven tray of vegetables that J, P and I had over cous cous tonight.  I was just darned tickled at how well it turned out, this being the first time I've tried to make such a thing.  Here's what we had:

Cous Cous with Roasted Vegetables, v. 21 August 08

Ingredients for 3 servings

  • 1 medium-large eggplant
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 yellow onion
  • l medium-large eggplant
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 head garlic
  • handful of grapes
  • 1/2 cup chopped kalamata and olives-with-garlic (findable in your local grocer's olive cart)
  • olive oil
  • balsamic vinegar
  • ground thyme
  • dried rosemary

Preparation

  • Cut and then lightly salt the eggplant to draw out the bitter.  Let sit for a while.  Rinse.  Pat dry.
  • Cut all the other "food" ingredients (except the olives) to what size you like.
  • Place on roasting pan
  • Dress with a mix of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, thyme, and rosemary (fresh is probably better but we didn't have any so nyaah).
  • Roast at 450F for 45 minutes.

Serve

over cous cous and top with chopped olives and maybe some red pepper.

Notes and Observations

Any number of other ingredients could be added.  The nice thing to remember is to make sure you have some sweet (like from the grapes, or raisins, or whatever) and some acid (from the olives and/or capers and/or more balsamic vinegar).  We also had some green split peas that were meant as a plain side item, but everyone just stirred them in with the roasted veggies.

There are better and worse sizes and shapes for chopping the vegetables.

We meant to serve halvah for dessert, but forgot it in the cupboard.  Instead we had yummy white peaches from California.  I have been told that white peaches and nectarines are an abomination, but we enjoyed ours.

Hey, this meal was vegan!

Tomorrow, something Indonesian.

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Comments

This is also one of my favorite camping meals.

Posted by: Dave | Sep 3, 2008 1:36:17 PM