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Couscous Patchwork Potpourri

Couscous Patchwork Potpourri

The combination of flavors in this zesty side dish blend really well to create a dish that is as tasty as it is beautiful! The vibrant colors are offset in a patchwork display that will make your table pop and leave your guests asking for more!

SERVES 8–10

  • 24 oz (680 g) 1-inch (2 1/2-cm) sweet potato cubes (about 5 cups)
  • 3 Tbsp oil
  • 12 tsp salt
  • 14 tsp black pepper
  • 16 oz (450 g) fresh French green beans, trimmed
  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • salt, for sprinkling
  • 1 cup pomegranate arils
  • 1 tsp lemon zest, for garnish

COUSCOUS

  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 2 Tbsp oil, divided
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 Tbsp chicken soup mix
  • 1 10-oz (280-g) box instant couscous
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 12 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 14 tsp salt
  • 18 tsp black pepper

DRESSING

  • 13 cup olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 12 tsp lemon zest
  • 12 tsp salt
  • 14 tsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 12 tsp brown sugar
  • 112 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley

Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C). Place cubed sweet potato on a large baking sheet and toss with oil and spices. Roast for 35–40 minutes on until edges are browning. Remove from oven and set aside.

While potatoes are roasting, prepare the couscous: In a medium saucepan, sautי the diced onion in 1 Tbsp oil for 10–12 minutes or until slightly golden. Add the minced garlic and cook an additional 2–3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the water and soup mix and bring to a boil. Stir in couscous, cover pot with lid, and turn off the flame. Let couscous stand covered for 5 minutes to absorb the water. Fluff with a fork and add the remaining 1 Tbsp oil, lemon juice and zest, parsley, and spices. Set aside.

To steam the green beans, place a steamer basket in a large saucepan filled with 1–2 inches of water. Add the green beans to the basket and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium, cover, and steam the green beans for 5–7 minutes, depending on how tender or crisp you like them. Discard the water and toss green beans with 1 Tbsp of oil. Sprinkle with some salt for seasoning. Combine dressing ingredients, whisking well until emulsified.

To serve as pictured, choose a large square platter, about 13x13 inches (33x33 cm), and mentally divide the platter into a grid of nine even squares. Place the green beans horizontally across the center three squares of the platter. Mound the couscous in all four corner squares and pile the sweet potato cubes in the center top and bottom squares. Heap the pomegranate arils in the center square over the green beans. Drizzle the dressing over the entire dish and sprinkle with additional lemon zest to garnish. Alternatively, you can simply place all the ingredients in a large bowl and toss gently with the dressing before serving.

Note: This dish tastes best warm but is also delicious at room temperature. You can prepare all the components before Yom Tov and plate it just before the seudah. Bring to room temperature while you eat the first few courses, drizzle with dressing, and serve with your main course.

To save time, purchase two boxes of Near East Roasted Garlic and Olive Oil Couscous Mix to use as a quick substitute for the couscous recipe.

(Originally featured in Family Table, Issue 711)

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