However, "alla Siciliana" might actually be more appropriate, as our dish contains classic Sicilian ingredients like couscous, raisins, capers, and pine nuts. Together, they create a richly layered combination of savory, salty, and sweet. As it turns out, we might even like this couscous version better than the pizza that inspired it. With a 20 minute prep and cooking time, it's certainly quicker than jetting off to London, anyway!
Couscous with Raisins, Pine Nuts, and Capers
1 1/2 cups water
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1/3 cup golden raisins
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup couscous
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted
2 tablespoons capers, drained and rinsed
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
In a medium saucepan, bring water, 1 tablespoon olive oil, raisins, and salt to a boil. Add couscous, cover, and remove from heat. Let stand 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat remaining tablespoon olive oil in a pan and sauté onion until golden brown.
Fluff couscous with a fork and mix in onions, pine nuts, and capers. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
(Image: Emily Ho)