Couscous Cakes

Total Time:
30 min
Prep:
15 min
Inactive:
5 min
Cook:
10 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 cup couscous
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped pistachios nuts
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • Freshly cracked black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Directions

In a medium saucepan, salt 1 1/4 cups water and bring to a boil. Whisk in the couscous. Turn off the heat, cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Transfer the cooked couscous to a bowl and mix in the nuts, parsley and egg. Season with salt and pepper. With damp hands, form the couscous into 4 patties, about 1-inch thick (about the same thickness of your first thumb joint).

Heat the oil in a 12-inch nonstick pan over moderate heat until hot but not smoking. Carefully place the couscous cakes in the pan and cook until golden, turning once, about 5 minutes per side. Remove from the heat and serve.

BYOC: The thing I love about making cakes is I can really throw anything in there. Sticking with the Middle Eastern theme, dates would add a nice texture to these. Plus, you can break up leftovers in a pan for an alternative to fried rice. You can throw any herb in here - basil, thyme or oregano.


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