Romesco Beef & Poblano Pepper with Currant Couscous

Romesco Beef & Poblano Pepper

with Currant Couscous

25 MIN
2 Servings
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    This flavor-packed dish features our romesco sauce—a smoky, Spanish-style sauce made with almonds, roasted red peppers, tomatoes, and garlic—which we’re using to coat a mix of beef, onion, and poblano pepper. It all comes together over a bed of fluffy couscous studded with currants and spinach.
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    Romesco Beef & Poblano Pepper with Currant Couscous
    Title
    • 10 oz Ground Beef
    • ½ cup Yellow Couscous
    • 1 Poblano Pepper
    • 1 Red Onion
    • 2 cloves Garlic
    • 3 Tbsps Romesco Sauce (Contains Almonds)
    • 2 Tbsps Dried Currants
    • 1 oz Castelvetrano Olives
    • ¼ cup Labneh Cheese
    • 2 Tbsps Tomato Paste
    • ¼ tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
    • 3 oz Baby Spinach
    • 1 bunch Chives
    time-saving
    tips & techniques
    Prepare the ingredients
    1 Prepare the ingredients

    Wash and dry the fresh produce. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Pit and roughly chop the olives. Halve, peel, and thinly slice the onion. Thinly slice the chives. Cut off and discard the stem of the pepper. Halve lengthwise; remove the ribs and seeds, then thinly slice crosswise. Thoroughly wash your hands immediately after handling. In a bowl, combine the sliced onion and sliced pepper

    Cook the couscous
    2 Cook the couscous

    In a medium pot, heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the chopped garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until slightly softened. Add the spinach. Cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until wilted. Add the couscous, currants, a big pinch of salt, and 3/4 cup of water (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Stir to combine. Heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, turn off the heat. Cover and let stand 6 to 8 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the couscous is tender. Stir to combine and fluff with a fork. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Cover to keep warm.

    Cook the beef & vegetables
    3 Cook the beef & vegetables

    In a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the sliced onion and pepper; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until softened. Add the beef and as much of the red pepper flakes as you'd like, depending on how spicy you'd like the dish to be; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently and breaking the meat apart with spoon, 5 to 6 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add the tomato paste. Cook, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until thoroughly combined. Add 1/2 cup of water (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until combined and slightly thickened and the beef is cooked through. Turn off the heat. Stir in the romesco sauce and chopped olives until thoroughly combined. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

    Season the labneh & serve your dish
    4 Season the labneh & serve your dish

    Meanwhile, combine the labneh and 2 teaspoons of water in a bowl; season with salt and pepper. Serve the cooked couscous topped with the cooked beef and vegetables and seasoned labneh. Garnish with the sliced chives. Enjoy!

    Tips from Home Chefs

    Prepare the ingredients
    1 Prepare the ingredients

    Wash and dry the fresh produce. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Pit and roughly chop the olives. Halve, peel, and thinly slice the onion. Thinly slice the chives. Cut off and discard the stem of the pepper. Halve lengthwise; remove the ribs and seeds, then thinly slice crosswise. Thoroughly wash your hands immediately after handling. In a bowl, combine the sliced onion and sliced pepper

    2 Cook the couscous

    In a medium pot, heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the chopped garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until slightly softened. Add the spinach. Cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until wilted. Add the couscous, currants, a big pinch of salt, and 3/4 cup of water (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Stir to combine. Heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, turn off the heat. Cover and let stand 6 to 8 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the couscous is tender. Stir to combine and fluff with a fork. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Cover to keep warm.

    Cook the couscous
    Cook the beef & vegetables
    3 Cook the beef & vegetables

    In a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the sliced onion and pepper; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until softened. Add the beef and as much of the red pepper flakes as you'd like, depending on how spicy you'd like the dish to be; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently and breaking the meat apart with spoon, 5 to 6 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add the tomato paste. Cook, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until thoroughly combined. Add 1/2 cup of water (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until combined and slightly thickened and the beef is cooked through. Turn off the heat. Stir in the romesco sauce and chopped olives until thoroughly combined. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

    4 Season the labneh & serve your dish

    Meanwhile, combine the labneh and 2 teaspoons of water in a bowl; season with salt and pepper. Serve the cooked couscous topped with the cooked beef and vegetables and seasoned labneh. Garnish with the sliced chives. Enjoy!

    Season the labneh & serve your dish
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