Cous Cous Patties and Veg Sauce

Yes. I have developed a love for the convenience and versatility of cous cous. This recipe bloomed from a wanting something different other than salad or pasta and with a little inspiration from a dish my housemate had made a few weeks before this one. I actually came up with it on the bus ride home.

The thought process went something like

“I want something with cous cous, but warm, and hearty, but not like a broth [which is the delicious thing my housemate made] but more chunky”

[5 minutes later, thinking about mozzarella sticks and jalapeno poppers]

“I wonder if I could make a cous cous pattie or popper” (that’s the other recipe on my blog which bloomed from this one)

So anyway, ending my stream of consciousness, here’s what you’ll need and how to make it…

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What you’ll need

  • Cous cous
  • Herbs (pick your favourites)
  • Stock cubes (2-ish)[1 for cous cous, 1 for sauce]
  • Ground cumin (and other favourite spices)
  • Pesto
  • Garlic
  • Chilli flakes
  • An egg
  • Cheese – shredded, any kind.
  • Cooking oil
  • Onion
  • Favourite vegies (a frozen mix will do here e.g. carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, beans, peas, corn)
  • Tomato paste/ Passata/ minced tomatoes. Chopped tomatoes.
  • Red Chilli Powder

Procedure

Pattie

  1. Preheat oven to 180oC
  2. Chuck some cous cous in a fairly large bowl (1 full packet may be a bit much but if you have a fair few people to feed).
  3. Add spices, crumbled stock cube, herbs, pesto, garlic and chilli flakes. And give it a quick mix.
  4. Add boiled water to just cover the cous cous and cover it
  5. Fluff it up
  6. Add beaten egg and mix through the cous cous. (If one egg doesn’t seem like enough add another, alternatively you can actually add some smooth ricotta which will help hold it together)
  7. Shape into small patties, top with cheese and bake for about 30-35 minutes

Sauce

  1. Oil to sauce pan
  2. Add garlic and onion ( I like to mince my onion but you are welcome to use finely chopped onions)
  3. Add veggies and any herbs and spice you like.
  4. Add red chilli powder and stock cube
  5. Add tomato paste+ water/passata/chopped tomatoes
  6. Let it cook until vegies are cooked and it is slightly thickend

Serve sauce and patties on a flat bowl plate (pictured above)

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