Although basic tabbouleh leans summery, with tomatoes, cucumbers and herbs, a seasonal spin on the nutty grain dish turns it into a straightforward Thanksgiving aspect.
This cool-weather riff from our guide “Tuesday Nights Mediterranean,” which options weeknight-friendly meals from the area, mixes bulgur with Brussels sprouts and fennel. For the dressing, we have been impressed by the artistic license we discovered at Moro, a London restaurant that mixes flavors from Spain, Morocco, Iran and Turkey.
They gown their tabbouleh with a sweet-tart combination of syrupy pomegranate molasses, olive oil, garlic and a contact of cinnamon. Permitting the shaved greens to soak for a bit within the dressing softens their hearty texture with out the necessity for cooking them.
We use coarse bulgur — and a very good quantity of it — to make the salad extra grain-centric. A meals processor fitted with the skinny (2-millimeter) slicing disk makes fast work of vegetable prep. However, in the event you want, the greens additionally will be sliced by hand. This tabbouleh is scrumptious both at room temperature or barely chilled.
Be sure that to recollect to rinse the hydrated bulgur earlier than including it to the greens. Rinsing stops the cooking course of and cools down the bulgur so its warmth doesn’t trigger the greens to lose an excessive amount of texture.
And in case your fennel bulb has feathery fronds connected, don’t discard them. Chop the fronds and sprinkle them on as a flavorful garnish together with the almonds.
Begin to end: 40 minutes (25 minutes lively)
Servings: 4 to six
6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
¼ cup pomegranate molasses
¼ teaspoon floor cinnamon
Kosher salt and floor black pepper
6 ounces Brussels sprouts, trimmed
1 medium fennel bulb, trimmed, halved lengthwise and cored
½ medium pink onion, trimmed and peeled
1½ cups coarse bulgur
4 cups boiling water
½ cup chopped contemporary flat-leaf parsley
¼ cup chopped contemporary mint
½ cup sliced, toasted almonds OR chopped roasted pistachios
In a big bowl, whisk collectively the oil, pomegranate molasses, cinnamon, ½ teaspoon every salt and pepper and 1 tablespoon water; put aside. Utilizing a meals processor fitted with the skinny (2-millimeter) slicing disk, slice the Brussels sprouts, fennel and onion, reducing the greens if wanted to suit into the feed tube. Add the sliced greens to the dressing and toss, then let stand at room temperature whilst you soak the bulgur.
Add the bulgur to a medium bowl, then stir within the boiling water. Let stand for quarter-hour to permit the bulgur to hydrate. Drain in a fine-mesh strainer, rinse beneath cool water and drain once more.
Add the bulgur to the bowl with the greens, together with the parsley and mint. Toss properly, then style and season with salt and pepper. Switch to a serving dish and sprinkle with the almonds.
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