During this unit we learned about grains and the different forms of grains. We were given a list of different grains and were told to prepare one of them. Our group chose to prepare couscous, a grain that is similar to rice, only smaller. Other groups chose to prepare white rice, brown rice, and grits. Here's how we cooked 2 servings of couscous:
1. Put away remaining dishes and prepare sink for washing more dishes.
2. Gather all equipment:
- Medium saucepan
- Dry measuring cups
- Liquid measuring cup
- Measuring spoons
- Wooden spoon
- Bowls (to serve)
- Spoons (to eat with)
3. Gather all ingredients:
- 3/4 c. couscous
- 1 c. water
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 2 T. butter
4. In medium saucepan, combine water, salt, and butter. Bring to a boil.
5. After the mixture is just boiling, stir in the couscous and cover the pan with the lid.
6. After couscous is cooked, remove from the heat, keeping the lid on, and let it sit for 5 minutes.
7. Fluff the couscous lightly with a fork before serving.
8. Clean up the kitchen - do remaining dishes.
9. Enjoy the couscous!! Yummy!!
If we were to do this again, I don't think I'd really change anything. I think the couscous turned out really well, and I'm happy with how our group worked together.
After trying all the other grains that different groups prepared, I'd have to say that I liked the couscous the best - by far! The brown rice wasn't cooked all the way, so it was kind of gross. The white rice was really bland, and the grits had a weird slimy-corn texture that made it hard to eat. I'm not saying that they're bad grains, they just weren't my favorite :)