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Sweet and Nutty Moroccan Couscous

Sweet and Nutty Moroccan Couscous

Christina S.

"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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20 m servings 442 cals
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Original recipe yields 6 servings


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

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  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.


  • 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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  1. 112 Ratings

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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 intend...

Most helpful critical review

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

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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 intend...

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. R...

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!

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 couscou...

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 cherri...

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...

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, wh...

My husband and I enjoyed this very much. For quick vegetable broth, try Knorrs vegetable cubes - I use them in place of any broth (chicken, beef or vegetable).

This was the perfect recipe for a first time Moroccan food eater! Not too spicy but with plenty of flavor! It was sweet enough and not so exotic to feed the kids too!

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