Sweet and Nutty Moroccan Couscous Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Sweet and Nutty Moroccan Couscous Recipe
  • READY IN 20 mins

Sweet and Nutty Moroccan Couscous

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"I've simplified this recipe for Couscous Mesfouf without losing any of its deliciously complex flavor. Prepare all the mix-ins ahead of time and it takes only minutes to make. Enjoy!"

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    5 mins

    20 mins


  1. Pour the vegetable broth into a large saucepan, and bring to a boil. Add the butter, apricots, dates and raisins. Boil for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat, and stir in the couscous. Cover, and let stand for 5 minutes. Stir in the cinnamon and toasted almonds, and serve.
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  • Cook's Note:
  • To toast almonds, spread them out on a baking sheet, and bake for 10 minutes in a preheated 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) oven, or until they are fragrant.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 28, 2008

Some reviewers, apparently, haven't a clue what this recipe is all about. Please note: (1) this is a Moroccan SIDE DISH; (2) it is SUPPOSED to be spicy and somewhat sweet; and (3) it is intended to be served with a tagine, or other stew, and should be DRY enough to soak up the juices of the main course. When used as it is intended, it is a spectacular--and VERY fast and easy--part of a meal featuring, say, a delicious, savory lamb tagine. It should come as no surprise that it will need some alteration if it is used in another way. But I think it's unfair to criticize baked potatoes because they aren't prime rib or pound cake. I find this recipe really, really good, just as it appears here. I have made it dozens of times as an accompaniment to Middle Eastern food. to rave reviews. However, if you want bland and soupy, look elsewhere, or make the alterations others suggest as "improvements."

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 05, 2011

This seemed to be lacking some liquid and a savory counter to the sweet cinnamon.

Jun 29, 2006

Per others' suggestions, I substituted chicken broth for the vegetable broth, reduced cinnamon to 1 1/4 tsp., and used dried cranberries instead of the dates. Liked the buttery, sweet flavor. Reduce the 2 cups dry couscous to one 10 oz. box of couscous (measured out to 1 1/2 cups approx.) Even with that reduction, it is a tad dry so you might want to add 1 or 2 T. extra broth. (The dried fruits absorb some of the liquid, leaving less for the couscous and making it a tad on the dry side.)

May 10, 2005

Very good! The recipe calls for 3 teaspoons cinnamon. However, I do suggest that you start with 1 teaspoon, then add more, to taste. One teaspoon gives such a subtle taste!

Oct 15, 2010

i didn't even add the almonds yet (i am serving it tonite, don't want them soggy) and it is delish! pretty sweet too. you can even eat it without the cinnamon. i made it with whole-wheat couscous. and i used oil instead of butter. thank you for a great recipe!

Mar 25, 2007

This was a very good/easy recipe, but I did change the recipe substantially. I used chicken broth instead of vegetable broth, I omitted the dates because I didn't have any and used dried cherries in their place. I was also out of almonds, but used toasted walnuts instead; and reduced the amount of butter by half. Lastly, I added 2 small chopped green onions and about 1/4 cup of chopped Italian parsley. The end result was very good and we will most definitely make it again.

Mar 01, 2006

DO NOT-I REPEAT-DO NOT PUT THAT MUCH CINNAMON IN! I put 1 tsp. cinnamon and that was plenty. This was a pretty good side-dish, though I got no raves from my family. I think it needs something else savory to balance the sweet.

Jan 30, 2009

OK - this DEFINITELY needs at least 1 cup or even 2 cups of additional stock. I am middle eastern, too, and this is not how couscous is supposed to be - even when served with a liquidy dish, which I did. Other than that, I loved the flavors and texture (I also added dried figs). I might even add more fruit next time. Served with Israeli Moroccan Couscous from this site.


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  • Calories
  • 442 kcal
  • 22%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 68.2 g
  • 22%
  • Cholesterol
  • 25 mg
  • 8%
  • Fat
  • 14.8 g
  • 23%
  • Fiber
  • 6.4 g
  • 25%
  • Protein
  • 10.5 g
  • 21%
  • Sodium
  • 164 mg
  • 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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