Sunday, June 22, 2014

Houston-Like Couscous with 14 Hands 2013 Riesling Washington State

I received some delicious wines from my new favorite people at 14 Hands for review and I was thinking of what to make for dinner this week to pair with them. For some reason, I started thinking about Houston's restaurant and how I am so sad that it is now a Millstone. Although they have some of the same dishes some of my old faithfuls didn't make the cut.

The one thing that they still have that I love is their couscous, I remembered I used to stalk the waiters and demand them to give me the recipe and I recently found it (on a napkin, thank you) when we moved. The great thing about this recipe is its a little bit of this and that, until it tastes the way you love and its really easy. 

Cook couscous according to directions and set aside. 

In a food processor combine:
3/4 cup radishes
3 tablespoons minced Italian parsley
12 cherry tomatoes
1 clove of garlic
About ½ cup whole fresh mint leaves

Add
3 tablespoons finely cut green onions
1/2 cup raisins
1/3 cup whole roasted, skin-on almonds

Mix in a small bowl 
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, preferably Meyer lemon, more to taste
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, more to taste
Salt, garlic powder, Cavenders and pepper to taste
1/4 c orange juice
crushed red pepper to taste

Take this concoction and add it to the couscous and throw in your food processor mixture. Season to taste and enjoy! It is good hot, but I LOVE it cold! I served this with grilled chicken, but its yummy by itself! 





I have a GREAT wine to pair this with!! First off I am a big fan of any wine from Washington State, make an effort the next time you buy a bottle to try this region, it puts a great spin on your favorites!

14 Hands 2013 Riesling Washington State makes a great pairing for this dish, and most of your dishes now that the weather is so so hot. Its crisp and refreshing and you can pair it with a meal or drink it on the boat this summer. The red pepper in this couscous gives it a little heat which this Riesling will cool you down in no time.


Find 14 Hands 2013 Riesling at your favorite store by searching here. Its at such a good price point, stock up! Don't forget riesling makes AMAZING sangria too!



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