Sunday, March 30, 2008

Mediterranean Feast

I saw this recipe in Real Simple magazine, which is my favorite magazine by the way. One of the main things that attracts me to a recipe is how it looks. I must admit, I am a sucker for good looking food. This recipe is surely good looking, oh, and I suppose taste should probably be a factor.

This meal was made even more special with the addition of some store-bought hummus and warm pita from the oven. One of these days I will have to break out my food processor and attempt to make homemade hummus.

The salad in this recipe was very refreshing. Even better, the whole prep time and cooking time took less than 30 minutes. This is a perfect meal for busy families. The only suggestion I would make is to add a little extra spice to the mini burgers.

Viva Mediterranean!

Spiced Mini-Burgers with Couscous Salad
from: Real Simple April 2008

1 box (10 oz) couscous
1 pound ground beef
kosher salt and pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
6 scallions, trimmed and sliced
4 Roma (plum) tomatoes, quartered
1 seedless cucumber, sliced into half moons
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Place the couscous in a medium bowl and pour 1 1/2 cups hot tap water over the top. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes before fluffing with a fork.

Form the beef into 12 small 1/2-inch thick patties. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, the cumin and oregano.

Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the patties and cook to desired doneness, 4 minutes per side for medium.

Combine the couscous, scallions, tomatoes, cucumber, lemon juice, 1 1/4 teaspoons salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and the remaining oil in a large bowl.

Divide among individual plates. Serve with the burgers.