Every now and then you just need a quick side dish to add to your feast table. The first thing I’ll always turn to is couscous – it’s just so perfect! Starchy, filling and goes with almost everything. Plus you can leave it to the side to cook and forget about it while you prep other things. Throw in some fragrant basil, sweet cherry tomatoes, salty creamy feta and you have an “under 10 minute” crowd pleasing dish.
What to serve it with? Try some grilled chicken tenders or lamb chops. Anything with a little sauce that the couscous can soak up. Lovely served warm or cold at your next bbq.
You will need:
- 1 punnet of cherry tomatoes
- 2 cups of couscous
- 1 tbs of butter
- 1 bunch of basil leaves, sliced into thin ribbons
- 50gm smooth feta
Place the couscous in a large bowl with the butter and cover with 4 cups of boiling water. Give a little stir to help the butter spread. Cover with cling wrap and leave to the side to cook (should take about 8-10 minutes).
Meanwhile heat a pan with a drizzle of olive oil. When it’s nice and hot, throw in the tomatoes to pan fry. You want to blister them until they’re slightly soft.
When your couscous is cooked it should have absorbed all the water. Take a fork and run it through the couscous to fluff it up. Add the tomatoes, basil and crumble through the feta.