Warm Couscous, Roasted Potato and Smoked Mackerel Salad

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1 large onion (chopped finelly)
4 tbs Carotino or olive oil
500g couscous
hot water for couscous
1000g potatoes (cubed)
450-500g smoked mackerel fillets (skin removed, flaked)
black peppercorns or some Cayenne pepper
sea salt
500g flat beans (chopped coarsely and steamed)
400-500g cherry tomatoes (halved) – optional
bunch of chives (chopped) – optional
bunch of flat leaf parsley (chopped) - optional
3-5 red/yellow bell peppers


container with lid, plastic bag or bowl and a plate
large non-stick pot
baking tray lined with non-stick Teflon sheet

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Mix potatoes with 2 tbs of oil and some salt, place on baking tray and bake in the oven preheated to 180°C (356°F) until baked and golden brown.

Burn peppers over gas until each side is black. Place in container, cover with lid, let them steam for about 10-15 minutes. Rub of with your hands some burned skin, but not all. Deseed, cube, leave aside.

To steam beans just place them, with some water on the bottom, in a pot with cover and heat for couple of minutes, you may also use proper steamer.

On the bottom of large pot fry onions, on 2 tbs of oil, until golden brown. Stir in couscous and heat stirring constantly, gradually add hot water. Remove from fire, add roasted peppers, steamed beans, flaked mackerel, potatoes, optionally tomatoes and parsley or chives, season to taste with salt and freshly cracked pepper or Cayenne pepper.

Serve warm or cold.

Make 6 large servings.

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Your thoughts…

  1. yum! i love couscous. this looks so good – i would never have thought of adding potatoes!

  2. Mackerel is a fish I never cook. Don’t know why, really. So I should check it out. Thanks, Margot!

  3. Hearty and filling for sure.

  4. this Couscous recipe sound amazing.. margot this is wonderful and yet very colorful.. have to buy some mackerel tmrw and prep during this week ends.. thanx for sharing!!

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