Israeli couscous (called Ptitim or Ben-Gurion Rice in Israel) is actually not a grain like couscous. It is really a small pasta like orzo or grattoni. In Israel it is a common dish for children but here in the US it has a much loftier profile, used by foodies and food connoisseurs as a specialty ingredient.
I am really into Israeli couscous lately. What I love about it is that it is much more substantial than regular couscous and can really be used in any way that small pasta is used, making it oh so flexible. There are even gluten-free Israeli couscous options.
I must be honest that so far my explorations with Israeli couscous have been a little mushy but I’m determined to get it right. I’ve found these stunning recipes that are sure to sort me out and are great for summer as well as celebrating Israel’s Independence Day.
LEMON-HERB WILD MUSHROOMS WITH ISRAELI COUSCOUS
Lemon-herb Wild Mushrooms with Israeli Couscous from The Gouda Life
ISRAELI COUSCOUS CAPRESE SALAD
Israeli Couscous Caprese Salad from Nerds with Knives
KALE AND COUSCOUS WITH GREEN GARLIC DRESSING
Kale and Couscous with Green Garlic Dressing from Naturally Ella
BROCCOLI & PARMESAN ISRAELI COUSCOUS
Broccoli & Parmesan Israeli Couscous from Big Girls, Small Kitchen
EASY ISRAELI COUSCOUS WITH ROASTED PEANUTS
Easy Israeli Couscous with Roasted Peanuts from Veggie Belly