Spiced beef patties and a couscous salad
Updated: Aug 2, 2020
1 pound ground beef or lamb
1/2 cup chopped parsley leaves
1/2 cup chopped cilantro leaves
1/2 cup chopped dill
2 large garlic cloves
1/3 cup chopped walnuts or pistachios
1 small onion grated
salt and pepper
Place the greens in a food processor and pulse a few times until finely chopped. Put the greens in a separate bowl, and pulse the garlic and onion, and then the nuts. Add the garlic, onion and nuts into the bowl with the greens.
Add the ground meat, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt and a 2-3 pinches of black pepper Mix well using a spoon or with your hands until well combined.
With wet hands shape into 16-18 patties, about 2 inches wide.
put 1 tablespoon olive oil into a large nonstick frying pan and place over medium heat. once hot, add the patties - as many as you can fit without crowding the pan - and cook 3-4 minutes on each side. Alternatively, you can grill them like sliders.
Couscous, cherry tomato and herb salad
1 1/2 cups couscous
6 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/8 teaspoon turmeric
1 2/3 cups boiling water
1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes
1 bunch scallions, chopped
1/3 cup toasted nuts - optional
3/4 cup mint leaves, finely chopped
3/4 cup parsley leaves, finely chopped
1-2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
place couscous, spices and 2 tablespoon oil in a small pot, pour the boiling water over couscous, stir and cover for 10-15 minutes. remove lid and fluff. set aside.
put 1 tablespoon olive oil into a large frying pan and place over high heat. Add the tomatoes and fry to 3-4 minutes. remove from pan.
add remaining oil and add the scallions. fry for 5 minutes, and a pinch of salt and peppers.
once the couscous cools down, place in a large bowl, add the tomatoes, scallions, nuts, and greens. add the lemon juice and zest, toss and top with the tomatoes.