Couscous with ham stir fry

    20 min

    The perfect all-in-one dish. Ham is stir-fried with cauliflower, broccoli, carrot, ham and waterchestnuts, before being garnished with flaked almonds and served with couscous.

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    Makes: 6 

    • 350ml water
    • 175g couscous
    • 500ml chicken stock
    • 4 tablespoons cornflour
    • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
    • 3 tablespoons dark brown soft sugar
    • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    • 450g mixed broccoli and cauliflower florets
    • 1 carrot, sliced
    • 115g cooked ham, cut into strips
    • 1 (225g) tin sliced water chestnuts, drained
    • 50g flaked almonds

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:20min 

    1. To Make Couscous: In a medium saucepan, bring water to the boil. Stir in couscous, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes, until fluffy. Cover and set aside.
    2. In a small bowl, combine stock, cornflour, soy sauce, dark brown soft sugar and ginger. Mix together and set aside.
    3. Heat oil in a large frying pan. Add garlic, broccoli, cauliflower and carrot; stir-fry for 7 to 8 minutes or until crisp-tender (add water as needed if pan gets too dry).
    4. Stir stock mixture and pour over vegetable mixture in frying pan, then stir in ham and water chestnuts. Cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in almonds. Serve stir fry over hot couscous.

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    Do not put in the water chestnuts or the almonds. I love almonds and even though there's only 2 tbsp. of it, everytime I took a bite, that's all I could taste. The ham was great in it, I put much more because I feared that all I would taste were the vegetables. Also use caution if you add a little bit of water. It will start sizzling and you could get a minor burn.(You don't even need to add water ) Other than that I think you'll enjoy it. Even though I HATE cooked broccoli, I could barely tell it was broccoli.  -  14 Jan 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Great recipe when your tired of the same old stuff for dinner. I used a pre-packaged fresh brocoli and carrot stir fry (obviously left out the sauce). Left out water chestnuts because I just couldn't find them. I only used 2 tablespoons of cornstartch. I thought 1/4 cup was a lot. I dilute my cornstartch with a few tablespoons of very cold water before adding to any recipe. That way you don't use as much and aviod it from turning to sludge later!  -  04 Nov 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Too sweet, only use 1 or 2 Tb of brown sugar.  -  25 Jun 2000  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)