Chorizo orange and apricot couscous

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Chorizo orange and apricot couscous
Chorizo orange and apricot couscous
Chorizo and orange and apricot couscous
Servings:Serves 2
Calories per serving:552
Ready in:25 minutes
Prep. time:15 minutes
Cook time:10 minutes
Difficulty:Average difficulty
Recipe author:JuliaBalbilla
First published:21st January 2013
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Frying and flavouring the oil
Fresh ingredients

We love couscous and had sort of planned for this dish so had the basics, but as always, the available leftovers decided the final recipe. Don't follow this recipe exactly, be bold and experiment with the ingredients, you won't be disappointed.

Frying the chorizo

Ingredients

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Apricot sauce

Salad ingredients

  • 1 small sweet pepper, deseeded and chopped (we had loads of miniature coloured sweet peppers that we used this time)
  • 2 fresh tomatoes, chopped

Garnish | Handful of shelled pistachio nuts, crushed | Bunch of fresh parsley leaves, finely chopped

Method

  1. Bring your stock to boiling and pour over the couscous, leave to stand for about 15 minutes or until the stock is absorbed
  2. Fry the onions and garlic in a good slug of olive oil for about 5 minutes - the more flavoured oil you can get on the couscous, the better
  3. Roll the meat slices and chop into slivers
  4. Fry the meat until the fat from the meat colours your oil, remove from the heat
  5. In a small pan, add the chopped apricots, orange flesh and juice, crushed spices, pinch of salt and a grind of pepper and gently simmer until the sherry has reduced and all you are left with is a nice sticky goo.
  6. Mix the couscous, bell peppers, chopped tomatoes and apricots together, sprinkle with pistachio nuts and parsley

Serving suggestions

Serve hot, warm or cold

Chef's note

As this dish is all about the taste and texture explosions of all the different ingredients, I find it's better to chop the garlic so you have little taste bites, rather than crush it and just add the general flavour.

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