Near East Couscous Dinner Party

Near East Couscous gave me a gift to share with my friends. Food. Is there any better kind?

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I was especially excited to try their products because I don’t think I’ve ever made couscous. Until now.

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Appys.

Spicy Beef Kebabs & Couscous

  • 1 pkg. NEAR EAST® Toasted Pine Nut Couscous
  • 1 1/4 lbs. boneless beef top sirloin steak, cut 1-inch thick
  • 3 tbs. zesty Italian salad dressing
  • 1/4 tsp. ground red pepper
  • 1 medium onion, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 large red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces (for kebabs); reserve 1/4 cup bell pepper, finely chopped (for couscous)
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 2 tsp. olive oil

1. Cut steak into 1 ¼-inch pieces. Add ground red (cayenne) pepper to zesty Italian dressing, and toss with beef, bell peppers and onion.

2. Alternately thread beef and vegetable pieces onto four 12-inch skewers. Grill over medium heat or broil 3-4 inches from heat 9-12 minutes for medium rare to medium, turning once.

3. While cooking kebabs, prepare couscous per range top directions on package using water and olive oil; stir in the finely chopped red bell pepper when adding the couscous to boiling water.

On a personal note, I recommend adding salt and pepper to beef kebabs before cooking to bring out all of the other delicious flavors.

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Preparing Near East Toasted Pine Nut Couscous

In saucepan, bring 1-1/4 cups water, 2 t. olive oil & spice packet to a boil. Stir in couscous.

Remove from heat and cover. Let stand for five minutes. Fluff couscous lightly with a fork. And for this recipe, toss in 1/4 cup diced bell red pepper (mentioned above).

Again, I recommend adding salt and pepper to couscous to bring out all of the flavors. Had I only known this was so easy to make, I would have tried it sooner.
4. Serve kebabs over or next to couscous.

Who knew couscous was so very beautiful and yummy?

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Friends on Facebook and now in real life. Social networking with couscous.

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Who put Margaret in charge of cutting the cake? Laughter with couscous.

Some of my dearest friends. They won’t go away. Crazy friends with couscous.

What a fun evening. Delicious food. Great conversation. An overdose of laughter. More couscous please?

Thank you, Near East Couscous

Thank you to Near East Couscous who sponsored this post and thank you so much to our dear friends who by attending our dinner party, inspired Near East Couscous to give 250 boxes of couscous to Northwest Harvest, Washington’s hunger relief agency.

Ways you can help

  • Like Near East’s Facebook fan page to trigger a donation of a box of couscous to Northwest Harvest.
  • Post a photo of their mobile food truck, the Couscous Caravan, to Near East’s Facebook wall. For each photo, they will donate two boxes of couscous. See Couscous Caravan’s schedule.
  • Tweet to @NearEastDish using the #CouscousCaravan hashtag and they’ll donate a box of couscous for each tweet. Add a picture of the Couscous Caravan to your tweet like Chef Jason Wilson did here and two boxes will donated!

I have received free Near East product an conjunction with this blog post. Near East did not influence my opinions expressed here as a result.

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