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Star anise is a dark-brown pod with a distinctive licorice flavor similar to that of regular aniseeds.

Recipe by Cooking Light March 1996


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6 servings (serving size: 2/3 cup meat mixture and 1 cup couscous)


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  • Trim fat from meat; cut meat into 3/4-inch cubes, and sprinkle with pepper. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add meat, and cook 3 minutes or until browned, stirring frequently. Add soy sauce and next 4 ingredients (soy sauce through cinnamon); stir in star anise, if desired, and bring to a boil. Cover meat mixture, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour.

  • Add carrot and leek; cook, uncovered, an additional 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Discard gingerroot, green onions, cinnamon, and star anise. Serve over couscous.

Nutrition Facts

453 calories; calories from fat 13%; fat 6.3g; saturated fat 1.5g; mono fat 1.8g; poly fat 1.8g; protein 30.9g; carbohydrates 70.9g; fiber 4.5g; cholesterol 44mg; iron 5.1mg; sodium 370mg; calcium 57mg.