Adapted from Plenty
I really try not to use off-the-beaten ingredients that will have you scurrying from one store to another. I just hate that. However, this recipe calls for whole star anise – obscure indeed – and had the flavors in this dish not been so wonderful, I would have just told you to skip it. But I just can’t do that. This is the kind of dish I’ll be making quite a bit of between now and when the tulips are back in our midst. The ingredient list may seem long at first glance, but trust me when I say this is a very easy dish to make.
Preparation time: 30 minute(s)
Cooking time: 1 hour(s) 15 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 4
Hi Alicia. I hope to make this winter couscous recipe this weekend. i already have the butternut squash. do i peel it and cult it up uncooked? how does one peel a squash?
thanks – Leslie
Hi Leslie! Yes, peel it first, then cut it up and roast it according to the directions. Butternut squash has a hard skin, so I like to use the vegetable peeler. You can use a sharp knife, too, but I find the vegetable peeler to be more efficient (and safer!). Enjoy!
so thrilled that Nikki got me into your site… i am already a big fan… would love to make this winter couscous this week… what do you recommend for the preserved lemon…since i don’t have two weeks to let it preserve??
thanks for sharing…
You can find preserved lemons in the olive bar (near the bakery) at Whole Foods. They use Meyer lemons for theirs, I believe, which are a little smaller and sweeter. You only need one! Enjoy!
This recipe took a longer time than I normally like to spend cooking dinner, but my efforts were richly rewarded. I made this dish for my vegetarian parents, who are quite bored of most vegetarian dishes after all these years, but they loved it! My efforts were richly rewarded. And for what it’s worth, we didn’t use star anise (which we don’t like), and it was still delicious!
Hi! If you were going to either add meat to this or as a side dish, what would you suggest? I am working on getting meat-free dishes onto our family’s menu but “some” (one) of us really wants meat with every meal.
Hi there! This dish has a lot of complex flavor, so I would probably keep it simple and go with a roast chicken. Good luck! I hope you love it.
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