Roasted Vegetable Couscous with Chickpeas and Onion–Pine Nut Topping (Al Cuscus bil Khodar al-mausim)

  • atlantissg Posted: 03/03/09
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    I thought this dish was fantastic. I substituted butternut squash for the sweet potatoes. I did not find the dish too sweet or too dry, like some others have mentioned. On the contrary, I found this to be an exceptional vegetarian meal that I would prepare even for carnivores :) DELICIOUS

  • lizzi452 Posted: 02/07/09
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    I was planning to skip the topping, then noticed that I had on hand all the ingredients anyway (except had to substitute slivered almonds for the pine nuts) so I made it. I'm so glad I did! It's absolutely delicious and it really makes the recipe. I'm planning to make this again with different kinds of grains and different vegetables - an endlessly versatile recipe!

  • mamakate Posted: 01/21/09
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    Made exactly as directed. It was wonderful. it was an explosion of flavors.

  • pollyalida Posted: 02/11/09
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    This was a terrific dish, such a wonderful mix of flavors. I used butternut squash instead of the sweet potatoes and it was delicious. Skipped the honey in the topping. And served it with some plain yogurt on the side. Like others, I double the spices. Will be making this again with variations on the veggies.

  • Capellla Posted: 01/29/09
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    This is delicious! Despite all the ingredients, it is really easy to make. I took the advice from a previous review and doubled the spice, and I absolutely agree that's the right way to go. My roommates liked it so much they even sprinkled more spice onto their plates! This is a really solid vegetarian meal. Match with your favorite bread and wine and enjoy!

  • 218riz Posted: 01/19/09
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    As good as the recipe looked and sounded, it tasted even better. I loved the mix of sweet, spicy, and savory and it's hard to believe that the vegetables tasted so good that I went back after finishing my meal and picked the remnants off the sheet pan and the skillet!

  • berkeley172 Posted: 02/15/09
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    It was very dry. The flavors were good.

  • LilRedHen Posted: 01/21/09
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    I made this just as directed and while I agree it was very tasty and smelled fabulous the ending dish needed something. At the very least a little more oil or butter with the roasted vegetables, the whole dish was a little too dry. I realize it was an article featuring vegetarian dishes but honestly it was a lot better when we added some of the pan drippings from the chicken we also roasted. Lamb would be great too and very authentic! Rub a little of that spice mixture on your meat and you've got quite a tasty dinner!

  • periwinkle99 Posted: 01/26/09
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    This was not only delicious, it was a very filling vegetarian meal. I used twice the amount of spice blend just because I wanted more punch, and it was worth it.

  • juliak88 Posted: 02/16/09
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    I thought this was a great meal, and my husband loved it. Made it according to the directions.

  • Sylvie24 Posted: 02/16/09
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    As I took my first bites, I couldn't believe how good the dish tasted. But eventually, the sweetness got to me and I couldn't eat anymore. I actually threw the topping away. I followed the recipe exactly and I don't think I'll be making it that way again. If I do make it again, I'll try other root vegetables and will omit the topping.

  • PanPieBaker Posted: 01/05/10
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    This was a big hit at our house. It was much easier than it appeared to be. The time consuming part was the vegetable chopping. I might add a bit more of the ras el hanout and make more of the onion-nut topping. It is also a beautiful presentation.

  • guamgirl Posted: 04/30/09
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    I love this dish! The topping is especially yummy, I make extra! Be sure to chop the veggies big enough that they don't burn in the oven. And I added some chicken to the end of the recipe, and seasoned it with the Ras el hanout. MMMMM, I can't wait to make it again! I might skip the parnips though, not sure I like their flavor. Add more carrots instead.

  • oldruth Posted: 05/26/10
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    I had all the ingredients and decided to make it exactly as the recipe is written. My only change was using whole wheat couscous. We loved the Ras el Hanout and will definitely use that to flavor rice and other dishes. I liked the flavors of the whole dish, including the onion topping, but I think the dish is dry. To keep it vegetarian, I think I might deglaze the onion pan with some veggie stock and pour it over the couscous and chick peas. I am also going to try putting some of the spice mixture in the couscous. We ate it with purple coleslaw and homemade hot pita bread.

  • MrSasha Posted: 01/14/12
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    This is excellent with grilled halloumi, too. Delicious and pretty easy. The pine nut topping is absolutely fantastic!

  • LouLouBrownie Posted: 08/19/12
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    Glad to see I wasn't the only one thinking it was a little dry and that making a sweet little sauce out of the onion-honey pan would be a good idea. I also used whole wheat couscous and feel this may have been the cause of the dryness. I loved the spicy-sweetness of this dish! I used way more of the Ras el Hanout than was called for and very much eye-balled the measurements. Mistakenly grabbed the cinnamon instead of the cumin, but it didn't matter. Delicious! Definitely a dish to make if you're in the mood for a lot of flavors.

  • MarloM Posted: 03/15/13
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    This was excellent! The topper definitely made the meal. I also threw in asparagus with 15 min left in the roasting time and will do again. Added nice color and flavor. Maybe not uthentic, but we liked. Everyone other thn the little ones had seconds. Definitely a keeper.

  • LillianKD Posted: 10/08/12
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    One of our all time favorites. We love it best with Israeli couscous and double/triple the onion topping.

  • Clobberella422 Posted: 06/18/12
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    Fantastic, easy recipe. I served it with warm pita bread wedges with a simple feta cheese spread (good feta mashed with a bit of lemon juice and olive oil). It was the perfect combo. I'll definitely make this again the next time I want a hearty vegetarian meal.

  • Sandlion Posted: 07/07/13
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    Absolutely delicious! A definite keeper for family meals. It takes a little time to prepare all the veges but is worth it.

  • redcucina Posted: 03/30/14
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    The flavors were good, especially the topping which is pretty unique. I just felt it was very heavy with the sweet potatoes, carrots and chick peas. It seemed really filling for a vegetarian dish - lots of carbs. Greek yogurt thinned with a little water would have been a good side to mix in to cut some of the sweetness and add some creamy texture. We definitely prefer a tagine - the Apricot, Plum and Chicken Tagine with Olives on this site is absolutely fantastic - over this dish. Love having a flavorful stew broth flavoring the couscous.

  • GolfGal Posted: 04/06/14
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    This was incredibly dry. Neither my husband nor I cared for it all. He said it was like eating the Sahara desert.

  • sukeedog Posted: 04/16/14
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    We didn't find this to be dry at all, but I did use Israeli couscous (the large pearled kind), which may have made a difference? Great meatless Monday meal for us - the topping is super yummy.

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