Pomegranate, Almond and Raisin Couscous

Yey, there's another food bloggers party. And of course, I joined. It's a lot of fun uniting with the many, many other food bloggers to post recipes that have a shared theme. You witness and explore the unique ideas and original interpretations fellow foodies have on various dishes.

So when Jessie of Taste and Miriam of Overtime Cook mentioned a Jewish Holiday Blog Party, sponsored by Kitchen Aid no less, I was excited. It is the perfect way to ease into the Rosh Hashana spirit and get inspired by the recipes. (Yes, many involve Apples and Pomegranate. Mine included.)

Rosh Hashanah is one of my favorite holidays, even though it comes with conflicting emotions: excitement and trepidation. Excitement to get back into the rhythm of Yom Tov, which means cooking, eating, spending quality family time, reading, praying, and more. Yet trepidation because of the significance of the day, it is after all called Judgement day. Dramatic, I know, but true nonetheless.

So for now, ill just focus on the fun part: the food.

I chose a twist on the classic Moroccan couscous. I wanted it to be sweet, yet savory. A perfect side dish, a complement to any main course you choose to make. And most importantly, an easy one, since time is precious when multiple meals need to be made.

Meet your new favorite side dish: Pomegranate, Almond and Raisin Couscous.

The couscous is dressed up in sweetened raisins, golden almonds, and bejeweled with red, tart pomegranate seeds. It's sure to please the eye, as well as the palate.

 So as the pomegranate start rolling into the market, and you crowd them into your overfilled shopping cart, until they spill out of their bag and onto your counters,  remember to lovingly adorn your food with its seeds. For a fruitful year. Plentiful, and sweet.

Pomegranate, Almond, and Raisin Couscous

½ cup of sliced almonds

½ cup of raisins

¼ cup of pomegranate seeds

2 tablespoons of grapeseed oil

2 tablespoons of water

1 tablespoon of brown sugar

1 tablespoon of granulated sugar

1 ½ cups of packaged couscous

1 ½ cups of boiling water water


In a large bowl, place the uncooked couscous, season with salt and pour the 1 ½ cups of water. Stir, cover, and set aside.

In skillet, heat the oil on medium heat. Sautee the almonds and raisins. Dissolve the sugar in 2 tablespoons of water and pour over mixture. Stir constantly, until the almonds are golden. Remove from heat; transfer onto a plate.

Before serving, assemble fluff the couscous, add the raisins and almonds, and sprinkle the pomegranate seeds. Garnish with parsley.

{Happy New Year}

Challah and Bread:

Marlene of The Jewish Hostess made

Apple Challah

Amanda of The Challah Blog made

Pomegranate Challah

Shelly of The Kosher Home made 

Apple, Honey and Pomegranate Challah!

Sides, Salads and Starters: 

Sarah of Food, Words, Photos made

Tzimmes (Rosh Hashanah Carrots)

Tali of More Quiche, Please made

Roasted Beets and Butternut Squash

Roberta and Lois of Kosher Eye made

Simanim Salad

Chanie of Busy In Brooklyn made

Pomegranate Coleslaw

Rivki of Life in the Married Lane made

Super Salad

Hannah of Cooking Manager made

Beets Marinated with Ginger and Garlic

Sina of The Kosher Spoon made

Pomegranate, Almond and Raisin Couscous

Shulie of Food Wanderings made

Rosh Hashanah Salad

Hindy of Confident Cook-Hesitant Baker made

Warm Roasted Beets with Farro

Sarah of Kosher Street made

Sweet Potato Apple Tzimmes

Main Dishes

Jessie of Taste made

Smoked Salmon

Samantha of The Little Ferraro Kitchen made

Chicken with Dates

Michele of Kosher Treif Cooking made

Coconut Chicken Strips with two dipping sauces

Melinda of Kitchen Tested made

Key Lime Glazed Duck

Stephanie and Jessica of The Kosher Foodies made

Chicken Braised in Pomegranate

Liz of The Lemon Bowl made

Beef Brisket

Estee of Anyone Interested? made

Easy Breazy 5 Minute Brisket

Desserts and Drinks

Miriam of Overtime Cook made

Mini Apples and Honey Tarts

Laura of Pragmatic Attic made

Fresh Ginger Honey Cake

Susan of The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen made

Honey Caramel Apple Galette

Danielle of Hugs and Cookies xoxo made

The World's Best Rugelach

Amy of What Jew Wanna Eat made an

Apple and Honey Cocktail

Nick of The Baking Process made

Apple and Date Honey Squares

Lisa of The Monday Morning Cooking Club made

Honey Chiffon Cake and Traditional Honey Cake

Leah of Cook Kosher made

Pomegranate Ice Cream

Nossi of The Kosher Gastronome made

Non-dairy Key Lime Cheesecake Bar with Key Lime Caramel

And of course it's always fun to begin a new year with new things.

Levana Kirschenbaum

 is giving away a copy of her fabulous new book, The Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen to


lucky winners.

To enter,

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on this post. You can say anything you want, but if you need help, tell me what your favorite holiday recipe is or what your new year's resolution is.

Limit one entry per reader per blog so click over to the other participating blogs for your chance at additional entries! Giveaway ends 5 am eastern time on September 11th, 2012.

Prize is sponsored by Levana and available to readers from all blogs participating in the Rosh Hashanah Blog Party. Prize can only be shipped within the US. 

This is the first of hopefully many exciting Holiday Blog Parties, so if you would like to join in the fun, please email