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Herbed Couscous with Grilled Radicchio and Lemon

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I love couscous! Couscous is like my secret weapon. When in doubt, cook couscous. It looks delicate, elegant and delicious and yet it only takes 5 minutes. Yep- 5 minutes. Although it doesn’t resemble it, couscous is a small grain of pasta that is just as versatile as your everyday pasta or rice. You can serve it hot or cold, with veggies or meat and it is delicious with a drizzle of an amazing combination of olive oils and vinegar’s.

Some people shy away from couscous because if it isn’t paired with the correct seasonings and cooked properly then it can seem a bit flavorless, kinda boring in fact. First things first, you must always use stock- never water. Couscous is so small that it needs a little extra help in the flavor department and since it only cooks for 5 minutes, the cook needs to pump as much flavor in the liquid as possible. My favorite liquid combination is chicken stock and white wine, my second favorite is veggie stock with drizzles of balsamic vinegar and garlic paste. Yes- I actually add the garlic paste along with the balsamic vinegar in with the stock while it comes to a boil.

This recipe is so simple and rustic yet beautiful. I thought of it while watching my husband grill us up some fish on our big green egg last weekend. I was needing a side dish to go along with the seafood and after sitting outside and getting a big whiff of that wonderful aroma coming off the grill I thought charring up some radicchio along with lemon would really bring out the flavor and give everyday couscous a different and fun twist.  So light, so delicious and so easy!

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Herbed Couscous with Grilled Radicchio and Lemon

Ingredients:

1/2 cup cooking white wine

1 1/2 cups chicken stock

1/2 tsp salt

2 cups couscous

1/4 cup mixed chopped herbs

1 head of radicchio, quartered

1 lemon, quartered

1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

Quarter the radicchio and lemons. Drizzle with a bit of olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place cut side down on an indoor or outdoor grill. Grill for 5-10 minutes until slightly blackened around the edges. Watch closely as the radicchio can go from grilled to blackened in seconds! Chop radicchio into bite-sized pieces and set aside.

Bring the stock and white wine to a boil. Add in the couscous and stir. Cover and remove from the heat. Allow to sit for 5 minutes and then add in the juice of the grilled lemon, fresh grated Parmesan cheese, herbs and chopped radicchio. Fluff the couscous with a fork and serve hot or at room temperature.

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60 Comments

  1. Three-Cookies

    I love couscous salad. Couscous sounds exotic also to those who are not familiar with it – get a few extra points for that:)

    03 . Aug . 2011
  2. Amy

    I think the Radicchio is such a great idea. It gives off some great color. I think couscous can be made with just about anything these days. Thanks for the recipe! I cant wait to try this out and love that the ingredients are easy to find!

    03 . Aug . 2011
  3. Kelli Herrington

    I love how colorful and delicious it looks all at the same time. Cant wait to try this, this would be great for a side when I am trying to impress. Thanks so for sharing and have a great week girl!

    03 . Aug . 2011
  4. the good soup

    Grilled radicchio is so good. We used to grill it at Petersham Nurseries and then dress it in olive oil and balsamic. That and a little sea salt and a twist of black pepper was all it needed. The texture really changes when it’s slightly charred and cooked of the grill. Glossy almost. yum. I’m making myself huuuungry.

    03 . Aug . 2011
    • Kitchen Belleicious

      Oh i am liking what you usually do to the radicchio. I need to try that next time! So glad you said something

      08 . Aug . 2011
  5. nancy at good food matters

    I have also valued the versatility of couscous—and I think that this version of yours looks especially splendid. Grilled radicchio adds such brilliant color, texture, and delightful bitterness–great recipe!

    03 . Aug . 2011
  6. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking

    I absolutely love couscous prepared almost any way and this looks amazing. I look forward to trying it this way!!

    03 . Aug . 2011
  7. My Inner Chick

    ———–When in doubt, cook couscous!!
    I love the texture of this…..but I’ve never made it.
    I think I was afraid. Yes, Afraid of Conscous! I can’t even pronouce it…perhaps that’s why.
    I shall….because this looks so good. A change from
    Rice & Potatoes 🙂

    03 . Aug . 2011
  8. Brittany

    I LOVE Couscous. Thanks for sharing a new recipe!

    03 . Aug . 2011
  9. lena

    jessica, i’m the boring type when it comes to couscous, not much idea, sometimes just eat that with my chicken soup, that’s it! thanks for sharing this great idea of cooking couscous! attractive colour too!

    03 . Aug . 2011
  10. Laural @ Being Healthier

    um your photos are still amazing to me! i love cous cous as well because its so tiny and cooks SO fast!!! It also is versatile – well-any grain kinda is. Awesome!

    03 . Aug . 2011
  11. Jihane @Sinful Sundays

    Couscous! Love it! I cook it like 3 times a week because you’re right, it’s so easy. I’m going to try this recipe this week since I have radicchio. ch’yea!

    03 . Aug . 2011
  12. lindsay

    baby mama! this looks amazing! i hope you are having a good week!! oh and i wish we lived closer so we could have watched the bachelorette finale together…and so you could make me some yummy food. 🙂

    03 . Aug . 2011
  13. Katherine

    Oh my goodness! That is so pretty. I love the lemon combined with the crunch. We never have this on hand and I really need to get Greg to buy some.

    03 . Aug . 2011
  14. Stephanie

    YUMMMM. I am totally making this, this weekend. I am missing dinner at home so I can go to a meeting, I am starving

    03 . Aug . 2011
  15. daphne

    I love couscous and learned that there are so many ways of cooking with it! Your version with white wine and grilled lemon- oh yum!!!! I can see myself eating as it is or pairing it with a roast chicken… mmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    03 . Aug . 2011
    • Kitchen Belleicious

      Definitely with a roast chicken. Now you have me hungry!

      08 . Aug . 2011
  16. Velva

    This is a beautiful couscous. More people need to discover and embrace couscous. It is a lovely grain that is light and will take on the flavor of what you add. I agree, always use stock.

    Great post.
    Velva

    03 . Aug . 2011
    • Kitchen Belleicious

      I agree Velva. I think people know about it but most don’t. It is so simple and versatile!

      15 . Aug . 2011
  17. betty

    this looks delicious 🙂

    03 . Aug . 2011
  18. Shea

    Yum I love couscous!! I always use stock, but I’ve never added wine! That sounds delicious!

    03 . Aug . 2011
  19. Macy

    Looks amazing

    03 . Aug . 2011
  20. Melynda@Moms Sunday Cafe

    Wow, beautiful and delicious! Can’t wait to make this, but first a trip to trader joe’s!

    03 . Aug . 2011
  21. Coley

    That looks SO. GOOD. And saying the name is fun in itself!

    03 . Aug . 2011
  22. Kathleen

    I’m with you! I love couscous. This looks like a great combo 🙂

    03 . Aug . 2011
  23. kankana

    Everything you said about couscous is the reason why I like couscous 🙂 easy to make .. can make in advance and add whatever you like with it and it tastes good anyway!

    04 . Aug . 2011
  24. Anna Johnston

    Such a fan, I used to make a dish using these ingredients, but with prawns and orange segments. 🙂 so delish. Thanks for the reminder, I really must get some more. Yummy!

    04 . Aug . 2011
  25. kitchen flavours

    Wow, this looks so good! I have never tried couscous before, but that will be history soon, as I’ve just bought a packet last week! Thanks for sharing!

    04 . Aug . 2011
  26. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    Ahhh couscous – one ingredient that I haven’t cooked yet after I keep saying I’m going to try… Very colorful and it looks delicious!

    04 . Aug . 2011
  27. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

    What a great way to eat grilled radicchio, and I love that you make the couscous with wine!

    04 . Aug . 2011
  28. Mandy - The Complete Cook Book

    Jessica, what an awesome recipe – we love couscous and I am always looking for new ways to prepare it. Can’t believe I have never thought of using fresh herbs with it before. YUMMO!
    Have a happy day.
    🙂 Mandy

    04 . Aug . 2011
  29. Candace

    I have absolutely got to try adding the balsamic and garlic paste trick! Great idea! I’ve never grilled radicchio; but I am imagining how wonderful it tastes with the couscous and lemon. Wonderful recipe, Jessica! Thanks!

    04 . Aug . 2011
  30. Kristy

    Perfect timing Jessica! I’m making a couscous salad this morning. Now instead of water to cook the couscous, I’m going to use the stock and white wine. Thanks for the tips! Your grilled radicchio looks wonderfully fresh and flavorful too. 🙂

    04 . Aug . 2011
  31. Cooking Creation

    I love couscous! The colors in this dish are beautiful!

    04 . Aug . 2011
  32. Linda

    I love couscous too!! And you provided some great tips for flavoring! I have used chicken or veggie stock, but the addition of wine is great and also the garlic paste and balsamic…oh boy you have me really excited to try that one!!

    04 . Aug . 2011
  33. Fran

    This has to be one of my favorite things to make. So simple but so delicious and I love you not only added lemon but grilled lemon

    04 . Aug . 2011
  34. Tamara

    Wondergul flavors in this! I love the addition if the wine and herbs!

    04 . Aug . 2011
  35. Caroline

    I’m right there with ya–I love couscous! What a gorgeous and colorful dish. Now I’m wishing I had some for lunch. 🙂

    04 . Aug . 2011
  36. Reem

    I love couscous, adding radicchio is such a wonderful idea. I must say what a colorful and pretty dish.

    04 . Aug . 2011
  37. yummychunklet

    I love this recipe especially because of the couscous!

    04 . Aug . 2011
  38. Mary

    This sounds SOOOOOOOOO good – I love your ingredients – can’t wait to try this one
    Mary x

    04 . Aug . 2011
  39. Veronica's Kitchen

    Thanks for your cooking tips for adding in stock as I don’t have much luck with couscous. Maybe I can use it as a secret weapon to change around some of the FAIL dishes from now on…. 🙂

    04 . Aug . 2011
  40. Elsa

    I love couscous too. It does look elegant. It’s so easy to make, but it looks impressive because people don’t make it very often.

    04 . Aug . 2011
  41. Barbara @ Barbara Bakes

    Great tips on using couscous. I’ll have to make it more often.

    04 . Aug . 2011
  42. Tamara

    I have never done st

    04 . Aug . 2011
  43. JamieAnne

    This looks great! Yum!

    04 . Aug . 2011
  44. Rivki Locker (Ordinary Blogger)

    I hardly ever use couscous for just the reasons you mention. I’m always afraid it’ll be bland. This recipe looks anything but! Bookmarking it to try soon.

    04 . Aug . 2011
  45. The Harried Cook

    Beautiful… I love couscous.. It carries flavors so well! Thanks for this recipe 🙂 Love it!

    05 . Aug . 2011
  46. Ellie

    This sounds amazing!! I love radicchio, I put it in a lot of my salads. I might just have to try this one out at our birthday party this weekend!!!

    05 . Aug . 2011
    • Kitchen Belleicious

      Oh I hope you were able to try this out. It is wonderful for parties because takes no time at all and can be served hot or cold!

      08 . Aug . 2011
  47. Ginger

    I love couscous. So easy to make and like you said so many things to do with it. This looks fantastic as always. You continue to amaze me

    05 . Aug . 2011
  48. Roz

    I completely agree that couscous is great; so versatile and yummy! I love the bright radicchio, the lemon and all of the herbs. Oh and did I also say that I love the Parm cheese too! All around superb and flavorful couscous recipe! Thanks!

    06 . Aug . 2011
  49. Delish

    Love this couscous dish. The flavors of the grilled radicchio are so wonderful to add to it. Would have never thought of doing myself until now!

    08 . Aug . 2011
  50. Alea Milham

    This looks fantastic! I bet it would be good with quinoa too. Thanks for sharing your delicious recipes with the Hearth and Soul Hop.

    08 . Aug . 2011
    • Mary Kathryn

      I agree! I bet quinoa would be great with these flavors too!

      11 . Aug . 2011
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  52. Torrie @ a place to share...

    I am right there with you on this. I love couscous- the taste, but also how easy it is to prepare! Such a pretty dish.

    11 . Aug . 2011
  53. Mary Kathryn

    I love this dish. I have been away for just a little while and coming back to so many great recipes. Tried the open face sandwich last night and now I need to try this

    11 . Aug . 2011
  54. Maria @ Scandifoodie

    Such a colourful and tasty dish! I’ve been replacing normal couscous with spelt couscous lately and I love the nutty flavour!

    14 . Aug . 2011
  55. Katherine

    Just looked through your past 4 recipes and I have to say this is my favorite of them all. I love couscous but seldom do it. You have given me insight into how to make it really good

    15 . Aug . 2011

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