And yes, it's another couscous recipe. What can I say - I'm into couscous. It would probably be pretty good over rice or pasta, but using couscous does make it a lot easier to focus on concocting this delectable sauce.
As always, most measurements are approximate and to taste.
Couscous with Artichoke Heart Melange
1/2 c water
1/2 c couscous
~ 6 T extra virgin olive oil
2 T butter
~ 2 1/2 t lemon juice
~ 1 t white wine vinegar
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 medium white onion, diced
~ 1 T diced shallot
~ 1 T dried oregano
~ 1/2 t powdered ginger
~ 1 t fresh basil, chopped
1 can artichoke hearts (unmarinated)
1 can garbanzo beans
~ 2-3 T fresh cilantro, chopped
~ 1/2 c grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
~ 3 T pine nuts
fresh ground black pepper to taste
Prep the garlic, onion, shallot, artichoke hearts, tomatoes and cilantro. Lightly toast the pine nuts.
Bring the water to a boil with a dash of olive oil. Stir in the couscous, cover, remove from heat and let sit while you make the sauce.
Put the tomatoes, cilantro, and pine nuts in a small bowl and douse with a healthy squirt of lemon juice, about 1 tsp. Stir up and set aside while you make the rest of the sauce.
In a cast iron saucepan (preferably cast iron, anyway), heat about 2 Tbs olive oil over medium to medium low heat. Add the garlic, onion, and shallot, and stir to coat with oil. Cook about five minutes until translucent. Add the butter and let it melt.
Add the artichoke hearts, oregano, ginger, basil, and pepper, about 1/2 to 1 tsp lemon juice (start smaller and adjust to taste), and the white wine vinegar, and stir it up. Taste and adjust your spices. Let it simmer for about ten minutes.
Add the garbanzo beans, pour about 2 more Tbs olive oil on there, and do another round of black pepper over top, then stir it up. Taste again and adjust whatever needs adjusting. Reduce heat to low, cover, and let simmer for about five more minutes.
Get out your favorite serving bowl. Fluff the couscous with a fork and put it in the bowl as your bottom layer. Take the artichoke heart-garbanzo bean sauce and add that as your middle layer. Use the tomato-cilantro-pine nuts as your top layer.
Makes a hearty dinner for two.