COUS COUS WITH ARTICHOKES, DRIED TOMATOES AND TUNA

Success in cooking is often equivalent to the word simplicity! Do not you think ?!

And simplicity is what we need when we want to create a healthy and tasty dish to bring to the table for the whole family, like my COUS COUS WITH ARTICHOKES, DRIED TOMATOES AND TUNA.

One of the things I learned as a child is to stock the vegetables in excess, depending on the season, either freezing them (like the artichokes I used in this recipe) or blanching them with water and vinegar and then put them in sterilized jars same vegetables in oil!

Both methods are very easy as well as the fact that they will be very comfortable to use the various vegetables you have stocked, when needed.

As for the artichokes I used in today’s recipe, as I mentioned before, they have been cleaned and frozen when my garden was in large quantities!

To have them always ready for use, at any time of year, I proceed in this way: I collect them in due time, clean them perfectly, depriving them of the hardest outer leaves and inner beard, cutting them in half and washing them well with water and lemon, let them dry and freeze them in convenient bags.

If you want to find out more about how to clean and cook artichokes in many original ideas, you can go and read this interesting article: “How to cook artichokes”.

I go crazy for artichokes: delicious sautéed simply in the pan, even more if stuffed with meat or tuna , and cooked with a little oil, white wine and flavored with lots of parsley, or fried! It is fried, as tradition teaches in our typical “fritto misto all’ascolana”!

I know it’s not really the period of artichokes, and that summer gives us many other vegetables and vegetables in season, but what can I do if I have a weakness for artichokes !? Fortunately, I can freeze them and use them whenever I feel like it, just like today, for my COUS COUS!

What then was really so much that I did not prepare a nice dish of couscous, especially handy because you can prepare well in advance and consume even later!

Today I was cleaning, and while I was arranging beautiful dishes that my sister had given me back from her vacation in Marrakech, I suddenly felt like cous cous, a typical dish of Morocco!

So, after having prepared it several times with shrimp and zucchini, or with many vegetables and turmeric, I wanted something different!

 

COUS COUS WITH ARTICHOKES, DRIED TOMATOES AND TUNA

INGREDIENTS FOR 4 PEOPLE :

  • 400 g of cous cous (better if pre-cooked),
  • 1 clove of garlic,
  • 1 tablespoon of curry,
  • Salt and Pepper To Taste.,
  • 6 artichokes around (I used frozen ones),
  • 5/6 dried tomatoes,
  • extra virgin olive oil,
  • 300 g of tuna in oil,
  • a bunch of marjoram.

PROCEDURE:

Heat water together with 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and a handful of coarse salt.

Defrost the artichokes in the microwave, or let them defrost slowly in the fridge by extracting them from the freezer the evening before preparing the cous cous. Once the artichokes are defrosted, pour a few tablespoons of oil in a pan, add a clove of garlic and let them cook gently, adding salt. Turn off the heat and keep aside.

Put the sun-dried tomatoes in a bowl with cold water and rinse them abundantly to lose excess salt.

 

Prepare the cous cous: pour it in a bowl and add the boiling water (in appropriate doses according to the cous cous you purchased, reading therefore on the package) and prepare it as usual, combining a tablespoon of curry and adjusting salt and pepper if necessary.

Now add the artichokes and the dried tomatoes cut into small pieces, add the well-drained and coarsely chopped tuna, then add the marjoram leaves and a drizzle of olive oil, mix it all together and bring to the table!

Tip & Tricks: The couscous prepared in this way can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days. Moreover this dish is ideal to be consumed cold, maybe to take with you to the beach!

 

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