It might sound odd to have beef patties for dinner, but I swear, for some reason, it works. The recipe I tried was Moroccan Beef Patties with Couscous from Every Day with Rachael Ray. These little guys turn out flavorful and are certainly unique. Okay, they were unique for us, at least.
This recipe is great for a weeknight when you are feeling sorta lazy but don't want the average chicken and rice dinner. You get to mix it up not only with spicy beef patties, but with a little cous cous on the side. It was done in just about 30 minutes.
Here's the recipe with my comments in brackets:
Marcus Nilsson, From Every Day with Rachael Ray October 2006
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 12 min
1 1/2 cups couscous [Go for the whole wheat cous cous if your store has it.]
Freshly ground pepper
1 pound lean ground beef
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground allspice
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
1. In a small saucepan, bring 1 1/2 cups salted water to a boil. Stir in the couscous, cover and remove from the heat. After 5 minutes, fluff the couscous with a fork; season with pepper. Cover to keep warm. [Could that be any easier?]
2. In a bowl, combine the beef, garlic, onion, paprika, cinnamon, cumin, allspice, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 2 tablespoons parsley and 1 teaspoon salt. Form into 8 patties.
3. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the beef patties and cook for about 3 minutes on each side for medium-rare. [I cooked mine a little longer so that they were medium and they still tasted great.] Fluff the couscous again with a fork, transfer to a platter and top with the beef patties and the remaining 2 tablespoons parsley.