I love it when I try a new recipe and it’s a home run! That happened this week. It was delicious, healthy, easy and a completely new flavor/idea. That’s not just a home run, that’s a GRAND SLAM!
I feel like we get stuck in a flavor rut sometimes. We stick to familiar flavors. Italian food, yes. Mexican, yes. Chinese, sure. Then we might get a little more adventurous. Indian, okay. Thai, maybe. But Moroccan? I’ve never thought to myself, I’d like to use some Moroccan influence in my cooking today. But boy am I glad I did. It was just different, refreshingly so.
Now you are worried that since it’s exotic, you’re going to have to visit the local Moroccan store. Good news! I don’t even know there is such a thing. I made this dinner with stuff that is normally around my house anyway (except raisins, I had to go get those, cuz they aren’t my favorite.) In any case, all of the stuff you need is at the plain old American grocery store.
The spice for this dish is called ras el hanout. I’d never heard of it. But luckily it is just a spice mixture made with stuff you perhaps already have. Morocco’s version of curry. Again, it was just different. Make yourself the ras el hanout before hand. That will make your prep quicker. You won’t need the entire recipe, so save the leftovers for next time.
It’s pretty straight forward to make. Adding the food-processed cilantro to the couscous was a revelation. Such a great way to add flavor! I’m not a fan of raisins in baked goods so I’ve always been sort of opposed to adding raisins to food. But they were actually a highlight of this dish. They added a pop of sweet flavor. Everything melded together. It was interesting and fun. My kids ate it without complaint!
If you feel like you’re in a flavor rut, try it!
Adapted from Food Network Magazine Moroccan Chicken with Couscous