Welcome the warmer weather with a cold dish. Celebrate the longer days by inviting a few friends over for some good food and wine. Don’t know what to make? Fret not, I found the perfect little recipe that tastes great served cold or warm. This recipe for Chicken, vegetable, and Gouda couscous is so fast and easy to prepare, you’ll have plenty of time to catch up with your guests. Made with Canadian Gouda, it’s the perfect combination of creamy and crunchy and will be sure to chase away any remaining winter blues.
If you’re looking for wine pairings, I have a couple great suggestions. Three Saints Chardonnay is a remarkably rich wine that has peach and green pear flavours. Barista Pinotage is a dry South African wine that will awake your pallet with its subtle sweetness. Whichever wine you choose, you can’t go wrong when you’re in the company of great friends!
¾ cup (180 ml) sodium-reduced vegetable broth
¾ cup (180 ml) medium couscous
1/3 cup (80 ml) pure unsweetened apple juice
1 tbsp (15 ml) cider vinegar
2 tbsp (30 ml) sunflower oil
Freshly ground pepper
1 or 2 green onions, chopped
1 cup (250 ml) carrots, grated
1 cup (250 ml) zucchini, grated
½ yellow pepper, diced
1 apple, diced
1 ½ cups (375 ml) Canadian Gouda, diced
1 cup (250 ml) cooked chicken
2 tbsp (30 ml) fresh mint, chopped
In a small saucepan, bring broth to a boil. Remove from heat, add couscous and cover. Let rest 5 minutes or until couscous has absorbed all the broth. Stir with fork to separate the grains, and let cool. In a bowl, mix apple juice, vinegar and oil. Season. Add remaining ingredients and couscous. Stir, adjust seasoning and serve cold or warm.
You also might enjoy this Google + video wine and cheese tasting via social media.