Last week, the husband and I had some friends over to eat dinner and watch Bering Sea Gold. Do you watch any of those gold shows? I have to admit, I'm a little addicted to Gold Rush. My favorite character is John Schnabel. He's this 91-year-old miner up in Alaska, and he's got so much pizzazz! I mean, he's out there on the claim, riding in the heavy machinery with his 17-year-old grandson. When I'm 91, I'm gonna be playing Bunko. And that's on a good day. Most days I'll be eating split pea soup in the cafeteria of my nursing home.
I think that's enough about my obsessions with the Discovery Channel. You people come for the food, not the television commentary.
We needed nourishment before our big night of Bering Sea Gold. The boys grilled burgers, and the ladies threw together a couple side dishes. Cranberry Pecan Couscous was an experiment I tested out on our guests. It was perfect for weeknight entertaining because it was fast and used ingredients I had on hand. After dinner we voted and decided that it was a blog-worthy recipe. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
Cranberry Pecan Couscous
1 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup water
1 (7.6 ounce) box plain couscous
1/3 cup dried cranberries
Zest from half an orange
1/3 cup chopped toasted pecans
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper
Bring broth and water to a boil in a medium-sized saucepan. Stir in couscous, cover, and remove from the heat. Let the couscous sit for 5 minutes, then fluff it with a fork. Stir in cranberries, orange zest, pecans, basil, orange juice, and olive oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve hot, cold, or at room temperature.