Fish Couscous with Onion T'faya
Recipe from EatingWell

T'fayas, special-occasion dishes served all along Morocco's Atlantic coast, are known for their thick, sweet and heavily spiced sauces. This one gets a pleasant layer of sweetness from raisins and a touch of sugar, which marries perfectly with halibut.



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Ingredients
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    1/2  cup 
    raisins
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    4   tablespoons 
    extra-virgin olive oil, divided
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    2   tablespoons 
    butter
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    8   
    saffron threads, (see Ingredient Note)
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    2   teaspoons 
    salt
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    1   teaspoon 
    ground ginger
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    1   teaspoon 
    ground turmeric
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    1/2  teaspoon 
    ground allspice
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    1/2  teaspoon 
    ground nutmeg
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    1/2  teaspoon 
    ground cinnamon
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    1/2  teaspoon 
    freshly ground pepper
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    3   
    large onions, (2-2 1/2 pounds), very thinly sliced
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    1   tablespoon 
    sugar
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    2 1/3  cups 
    reduced-sodium chicken broth, fish broth or vegetable broth, divided
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    2 1/2  pounds 
    Pacific halibut, or other firm white fish, skinned and cut into 2-inch wide pieces
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    Freshly ground pepper, to taste
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    1   tablespoon 
    canola oil
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    1/2  cup 
    sliced or slivered almonds
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    1   cup 
    whole-wheat couscous

Directions
1.
Place raisins in a small bowl and cover with warm water; let soak for 10 minutes. Drain.
2.
Crush saffron and salt together in a mortar and pestle until a coarse powder forms. (Alternatively, place saffron and salt on a cutting board and use the flat side of a chef's knife to grind into a coarse powder.) Combine with ginger, turmeric, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon and pepper in a small bowl.
3.
Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil and butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the spice mixture and cook, stirring, until the mixture starts to foam. Add onions, sugar and the plumped raisins. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions turn light brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Add 1 cup broth and nestle fish into the onion mixture. Cover and cook until the fish is flaky, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and season with pepper. Cover and set aside.
4.
Meanwhile, heat canola oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add almonds and cook, stirring, until just beginning to turn golden, about 1 minute. Drain on paper towels.
5.
Bring the remaining 1 1/3 cups broth and the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil to a boil in a small saucepan. Add couscous in a stream. Stir once. Cover, remove from the heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork.
6.
To serve, mound the couscous on a shallow platter. Top with the fish and onion t'faya and sprinkle the almonds on top.
Tip:

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Ingredient note: The dried stigma from Crocus sativus, saffron adds flavor and golden color to a variety of Middle Eastern, African and European foods. Find it in the spice section of supermarkets, gourmet shops and at tienda.com. It will keep in an airtight container for several years.
Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 464, Fat, total (g) 18, chol. (mg) 54, sat. fat (g) 4, carb. (g) 39, Monosaturated fat (g) 9, fiber (g) 6, pro. (g) 37, sodium (mg) 702, Potassium (mg) 839, Vegetables () 1, Fruit () 0.5, Starch () 1.5, Lean Meat () 4, Fat () 2, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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