A incredibly flavorful side dish, Mushroom Israeli Couscous Pilaf is laced with portobello mushrooms & green onions. Then we gild the lily by topping it with crispy scallion rings!
This dish comes together super fast as the couscous only needs about 10 minutes cooking time after the vegetables and grain are sautéed in the fat. Grain? I’d better explain!
Israeli couscous, also known as pearl couscous, is really tiny toasted pasta balls, developed in Israel in the 1950s when rice was scarce. And so that means it’s not couscous at all.
The Prime Minister of Israel asked the Osem Food Company to devise a wheat-based substitute for rice. It’s made of hard wheat flour and toasted in an oven and comes in a variety of shapes. And that’s how pearl couscous was created for today’s recipe.
Since the “pasta pearls” retain their shape and texture when cooked, it’s perfect for making Mushroom Israeli Couscous Pilaf.
The process of making a really great pilaf begins with cooking some aromatic vegetable in fat and then adding the grain. A few minutes of cooking and coating with the fat is what starts this delicious pilaf.
Then it’s time to add some broth or water and cooking the couscous until it’s tender and all the liquid is absorbed. While the pilaf is cooking, you’ll brown up the rest of the green onions for the garnish. Easy peasy!
I created this recipe for a Romantic Al Fresco Dinner for Two featuring CRISPY DUCK BREAST WITH BALSAMIC CHERRY SAUCE. That’s why I used duck fat for the preliminary cooking of the pilaf, since it adds so much flavor to the Mushroom Israeli Couscous Pilaf.
But of course, you can use butter or an oil instead if you wish. That duck fat sure does add a ton of flavor though!
You’ll find the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
Now it’s time to tell you the rest of this romantic menu!
I don’t do “cookie cutter” parties. So why would I want to plan a “cookie cutter” Romantic Al Fresco Dinner for Two?
The answer is, I wouldn’t! I’ve read tons of articles touting 25 Ideas for a Romantic Evening. 50+ Great Ways to Be Romantic. Or even 100 Romantic Gifts to Give Your Hubby. Whew, they make me tired just reading the titles!
I can’t help but think like a Lifestyle Diva. When I plan a party, my creativity and personal touches are what makes them truly special. And that’s exactly how I want you to approach your Romantic Al Fresco Dinner for Two.
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