Thursday, April 28, 2011

Lettuce and couscous rolls

Finally I had the chance to make last night one of my favorite and healthiest recipes I've ever made. Though is not totally my idea, as I changed some ingredients of a recipe I saw in a book (or was it in a magazine?). I came up with just 4 basic ingredients to make one of the easiest, healthiest and delicious rolls I've ever made.

You will need just common Iceberg or Romaine Lettucce, couscous, cream cheese and some very thin smoked lean ham (Black Forest Ham, Prosciutto, or any alike) and some spices. 2 of these rolls and you will have a full tummy with a complete dinner and a happy face.

(for 3 servings)

  • 6 big Iceberg or Romaine Lettuce leaves (better if unbroken)
  • 6 thin slices of smoked lean ham
  • 6 Tbsp cream cheese spiced up with pepper, garlic, paprika, herbs of your preference
  • 6 Tbsp of couscous (around 1 cup uncooked) cooked following package instructions

Cook the couscous following the package instructions. Season with some salt and pepper. Reserve. Partially cut the lettuce's stem to easier and carefully remove the biggest leaves. Wash them carefully and reserve them.

Fill a big frying pan with water and put to boil. Carefully place one by one the lettuce leaves, beginning with the hardest part, that was closer to the stem, and slowly, as the lettuce softens, introduce the rest of the leave into the boiling water and cook for 1 or 2 minutes. Remove from the pan and reserve. Continue until you have all 6 leaves ready. The idea is to shortly cook them in boiling water to soften the center of the leave, to make easier the rolling. Try not to over cook it, as soon as the stem is soft, remove it from the boiling water.

Building the rolls:

Place in a dish one of the leaves and open it. Then lie one of the ham slices all along the leave. Over the ham slice, spread one tbsp of the spiced cream cheese. Finish with 1 full Tbsp of couscous. Then carefully roll, starting from the steam and closing in the sides until the roll is done.

Serve with some spiced sour or yogurt cream and enjoy!

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