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Delish 20-Minute Cous Cous With Spicy Beef, Cucumber And Feta

Ingredients
  • Minced beef
  • Red chilli
  • Coriander
  • Feta Cheese
  • Cous Cous
  • Cucumber
  • Lemon

I try to keep these recipes down to 7 ingredients and things that can be cooked in about 20-30 minutes max. Nobody wants to be doing more than that in the evening, and if you want a fancy dinner party and 100 ingredients that cost a fortune go and buy a cook book instead!

This is a whopper little recipe, you'll find the ingredients in a local Spar but it ends up looking like something from a high end restaurant! Boom, get stuck in...

Instructions

Step 1

They ingredients couldn't be much simpler. You could always swap out the beef with lamb as well for something a little different.

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Step 2

Start by peeling the cucumber. Loads of people don't like cucumber because of that skin but it tastes totally different without it!

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Step 3

Quarter the bastard up.

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Step 4

Now use a knife to remove the seeds. They're watery and they'd ruin the cous cous.

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Step 5

Dice the remaining firm part of the flesh up into little even squares.

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Step 6

Zest the lemons. Do this using a grater or even more obviously a zester if you know what that is!

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Step 7

Pop a small amount of water into a pot with the lemon zest and pop it onto the boil. About a large cup full or say half a pint.

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Step 8

Spread the cous cous out into a flat tray of some sort. This helps it 'cook' quicker and more evenly.

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Step 9

When the water comes to the boil whip it off and fuck it into the tray with the cous cous.

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Step 10

Use a fork to whip the cous cous up until it's light and fluffy. It won't take more that about a minute but make sure you do it evenly and don't be a lazy bastard. Make sure to get into all the corners.

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Step 11

Squeeze in the juice of the lemons and whip it up a little more.

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Step 12

Lash in the cucumber.

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Step 13

Crumble the feta cheese in.

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Step 14

Now grab a big handful of coriander and chop the shit out of it. I throw the stalks and all in because they have the most flavour and are usually soft enough to chop.

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Step 15

Lash that into the cous cous as well along with a little salt and pepper and fluff the whole thing up.

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Step 16

Next chop up the chilli with the seeds and all. Lash it onto the chopping board with the beef, and season the meat with salt and pepper.

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Step 17

Lash a good glug of oil into the meat and mix it all up.

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Step 18

Use your hands to shape the meat into little long shapes. I'm not sure if, like a burger or meatball, this shape has a name. Lets call it a 'turd'. Nice and appetising.

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Step 19

Lash the meat into a super hot pan. If you have a griddle pan that would be ideal. Really high heat is essential here. The hotter the better.

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Step 20

Slip the little turds over after about two minutes and cook them for the same on the other side.

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Step 21

Lash them straight onto the plate. Putting them in this shape helps you pile the cous cous on top and make it look all professional!

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Step 22

Lash the cous cous onto the meat and serve it up immediately. Hard to believe how easy that is and how good it looks right?

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Whip this up for a couple of mates, the family or a partner and they'll literally think you've been off on a 12-week cooking course. It's so fucking easy to make yet the end results are off the charts good! For a bit of an extra bonus lash the meat on the BBQ in the summer. What a recipe! Go on, give it a lash!

Written By

Niall Harbison

Niall founded Lovin' Dublin with a few fairly simple aims: discover new places to eat in Dublin and share simple recipes cooked up in his kitchen.

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