Couscous Marrakesh
Serves 6

Ingredients :
2 cups cooked couscous
1/3 Cup butter
3/4 cup Chicken stock (or vegetable stock)
1 tsp salt
1/2 TBSP Ground pepper
3-4 strands of pulverized saffron
1/2 tsp tumeric
1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped
1/2 cinnamon stick
1 small bundle (green coriander and parsley sprigs tied)
2 very ripe tomatoes, peeled, seeded and quartered
1/2 lb Carrots, peeled, and cut into 1" lengths and blanched
1/2 lb turnips, peeled and cut into 1/2" pieces and blanched
1/2 lb zuchini cut into chunks
1/4 lb cabbage, diced into small pieces
1/4 cup hot peppers, chopped
Cook couscous as directed and fluff with fork. Combine all other incredients into large sauce pan and cook until tender, about 15-20 mins on medium-high heat.

Serve 1/3 cup couscous on plate. Make well in center and add vegetables.

Directions :
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add olive oil. When hot add paprika. Cover and heat 1 mins. Add garlic, chili pepper, onion and tomatoe and simmer on medium heat until tender. Add stock and season with salt and pepper. Lower heat and cover. Simmer for 30 mins. In a bowl, mix sour cream and flower and wisk until smooth. Add 1/4 cup of the stock mixture to sour cream and wisk well. Remove pot from heat and mix in cream mixture to thicken sauce. return to heat for 15 mins. Strain.

Cut off very top of red peppers. chop the tops and discard the stems. Seed and core the pepper keeping them whole. Heat a large skillet on medium high heat and then add oil. Saute garlic, onion and pepper tops until tender. Add parsley and rice and saute a few mins. Add 1/2 cup of stock and cover. Simmer 20 minutes on low heat. Let cool. In large bowl, combine chicken (or substituted ingredient), paprika, egg, salt and pepper and mix well. Add rice mixture and combine. Loosely pack mixture intoo each peper just to the top. Place peppers in a deep skillet or dutch oven type pan. Add remaining stock and cook on low heat for 45 minutes or until slightly tender. Add more stock or water as needed to keep bottom layer of liquid. Pour in sauce mixture and simmer another 20 mins. Serve peppers and spoon sauce over each pepper.

Copyright Chef Bob Older 1997