Couscous with Bison, Onions, and Raisins Recipe

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Submitted by sailingchef

Makes 8 servings



Traditionally made with lamb shoulder or leg. I substituted bison for lower fat,and it works well! Adapted from Arabesque.

Recipe Ingredients for Couscous with Bison, Onions, and Raisins

2 1/2 cups whole wheat couscous
1/4 cup olive oil
2 lbs bison meat
2 1/2 lbs onions
1 tsp ground ginger
2 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
4 whole cloves
1/2 tsp saffron
2 tbsp honey
1 cup raisins, soaked in water for 20 minutes
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 cup blanched almonds

Recipe Directions for Couscous with Bison, Onions, and Raisins

  1. Put the meat, with about 1/2 pound of chopped onion in a large pan and cover with 7 1/2 cups water. Bring to a boil and skim off any scum. Season with black pepper. Add the ginger, 1 tsp cinnamon, and the cloves. Cover and simmer for 1 1/2 hours. At this point, add the saffron and more water if necessary, and simmer uncovered for another 30 minutes, until meat is very tender.

  2. At the same time, cut the remaining onions in half and slice them thinly. Put the onions in a pan with 1 cup of water. Cover and cook over low heat for 30 minutes, until the onions are very soft. Remove lid and cook further until liquid is evaporated. Add the oil and cook until the onions are golden. Stir in the honey and the remaining 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon, the drained raisins, and a small pinch of salt. Continue cooking for another 10 minutes, until the onions caramelize and turn brown.

  3. Fry the almonds in a drop of oil until golden. Drain on paper towels, then coarsely chop about half of them.

  4. Make couscous as directed by label, adding a tbsp of olive oil, about 10 minutes before serving. Cover to keep warm.

  5. To serve, moisten the couscous with a ladle of broth and mix in the chopped almonds. On a large serving dish, pile it into a mound and make a wide shallow hollow in the center. Put the meat in the center and top with the onion and raisin mixture. Sprinkle with the remaining browned almonds. Serve broth separately on the side at the table.

Categories

Beef, Main Dish, Moroccan

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 354.8g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
669
Calories from Fat
190
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
21.1g
32%
Saturated Fat
3.9g
19%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
96mg
32%
Sodium
55mg
2%
Potassium
876mg
25%
Total Carbohydrates
79.8g
27%
Dietary Fiber
9.8g
39%
Sugars
22.7g
Protein
46.6g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 19%
Calcium 11% Iron 38%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.
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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
B+
  Good points
  • Very low in sodium
  • High in selenium
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