Thirty or so years ago, I ate a bowl of this every morning with some sort of soft-yolked egg. Our adventures with Israeli cous cous got me thinking about how to have that taste treat without spending a fortune on the real thing. I don’t recall the price I paid at Trader Joe’s, but it was probably less than the $10./pound prices I am finding on the internet these day.
So I got some Acini de Pepe to make a run at duplicating the experience of the original Israeli Cous Cous that I had blogged about previously.
I thought it turned out great. We had this for a light supper one night when dinner got really late. I boiled about 3/4 of a cup of Acini de Pepe in two cups of water. Perfect! I had made ghee earlier, so had the foam that I had scraped off that, so I added it to the pasta to slick it up some.
Other ad hoc ingredients were: Montreal Steak Seasoning, tarragon, sun-dried tomatoes (cut up very small because I didn’t rehydrate them – wanted an intense tomato flavor), sautéed mushrooms, Mexican scallions, bits of ham, and some leftover spinach. We each added some freshly-ground lemon pepper, which added just the zing it needed.
DH is a fan of spicier food than I am, so he added roasted Hatch chilis and Medium Salsa to his. Most of his was gone before I could get the camera swung around to his side of the table!
Looks absolutely delicious!! I especially how you integrated the spices.
I have a new container of tarragon, so I am trying it in a lot of things. So far, so good . . .
I can’t understand the price for Israeli couscous in Trader’s Joe. I get the original (Osem) on line from Amazon for only $14 per 5 lbs bag!
Nevertheless, this looks yummy! 🙂
Guess I missed that one. I looked on Amazon. Will take another stroll down their Israeli aisle! ;->
It’s been some time since I ordered it, so I decided to check it out, just in case things have changed dramatically for some reason.
Turns out I’ve found an even better price – 12 1/2Lb boxes for $20.70. Not sure about delivery though, as I have a Prime account so in this case delivery is included.
I’ll order it soon. 🙂
Opps, didn’t realize that the modest link will end up as a large photo… You can of course delete it. Sorry…
Your link is fine, and welcomed! Looks like 6.6#, yes? Twelve boxes at 8.8 ounces each . . . makes it $3.13 a pound. Still pretty steep for pasta. I understand there is quite a lot of processing to get it to be so attractive, but the Acini de Pepe works out to $1.13 a pound – on sale at $.85 for twelve ounces.
It might be good browned up a bit before putting it into the water – sort of like quinoa or bulgur.
Wow, that is really a big difference. I guess I’ll give the Acini de Pepe a try… 🙂
I’m gonna do Judie-A-Roni with it next. I have some leftover wild rice mixture, so will add it to the last of the acini de pepe, maybe adding in some toasted pine nuts. And celery.
We love acini de pepe. Since I always have a box in the cupboard I don’t know why I don’t make it more often. And on another note, tarragon is my absolute favorite spice.
I was down to my last tablespoon of tarragon, and found a shortage in the grocery store. Finally found some, but a tiny fraction of an ounce (.2, I think it was) had a price tag of five dollars and something. Gulp! No thank you.
So I queried one of the sites where I buy a lot of items, and they had 1.3 ounces for $5.30! Sold!!! It smells heavenly when it is new and fresh like this! C’mon over; I’ll share some with you. ;->