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Luscious Lemon and Mint Rice Side Dish

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I recently posted a wonderful recipe I discovered on Delicious magazine’s site for North African Chicken Stew with Honey and Saffron – definitely worth trying! It was such a flavorful, tasty meal. The recipe included the ingredients and directions for this rice dish – which was amazingly delicious on its own. With a beautiful blend of butter, lemon, mint, toasted sesame seeds and almonds – this rice dish makes for a wonderful side dish for seafood, beef, lamb or poultry. I would imagine it would be pretty great as a vegetable main course as well – just add cubed butternut squash, pumpkin seeds and pomegranates for a more robust meal – YUM!

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Lemon and Mint Rice or Couscous
Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp butter, plus 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 1/2 cup slivered or flaked almonds
  • 2 tbsp white sesame seeds
  • 2 cups organic couscous or rice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2-3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • Finely grated zest of 1 small lemon and 1-2 tbsp juice
  • 4 small preserved lemons, pulp discarded, skin finely chopped
  • 1/8 cup coriander/cilantro, coarsely chopped
  • 1/8 cup fresh mint, leaves finely chopped
  • salt and fresh ground pepper

Directions:

  1. Melt 2 tbsp butter in a small frying pan, add the almonds and fry gently, stirring all the time, until golden. Tip onto kitchen paper and leave to cool.
  2. Toast the sesame seeds in a clean dry pan over a medium-high heat, shaking now and then, until golden. Tip onto a saucer, set aside to cool.
  3. Cook the couscous or rice per directions. Uncover and fluff with a fork, then stir in the 2 tbsp melted butter, olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice to taste, preserved lemon skin, fried almonds, sesame seeds and three quarters of the herbs.
  4. Salt and Pepper to taste

 

 

 

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Terry Dagrosa

Terry Dagrosa, founder and publisher of SeductionMeals.com. As President of Digital Marketing Collective and Tara del Mar Productions, she has extensive experience in sales, design, digital marketing and social media. "Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget, so we’re thrilled to introduce our very special and highly-talented contributors and friends.  They’ll share their mouth-watering recipes, cheeky anecdotes and delightfully creative perspectives with all of us. Be sure to check out their websites and follow them, too – we promise you’ll learn to love and cherish them as much as we do!" xoxo

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