Couscous Stuffing with Golden Raisins and Pistachios

Couscous Stuffing with Golden Raisins and Pistachios

This Thanksgiving stuffing recipe has adds a dash of Mediterranean flair to your meal. Couscous Stuffing with Golden Raisins and Pistachios is a delicious option for adventurous eaters.


  • 2 cups onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup carrot, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery, finely chopped
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2/3 cup red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup pistachios, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 3 tablespoons parsley leaves, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/3 cup scallion, thinly sliced
  • 2 1/4 cups water
  • 1 2/3 cup (10 ounce box) couscous


  1. If baking the stuffing separately, add 1/4 cup chicken broth and 2 tablespoons unsalted butter.
  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  3. Cook onion, carrot, celery, and garlic in 1/4 of oil over moderately low heat until veggies are soft.
  4. Add bell peper and cook 3 more minutes.
  5. Add pistachios, raisins, parsley, cinnamon, cumin, coriander, thyme, scallion. Salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Cook and stir for another minute, then put in a large bowl.
  7. Combine water and remaining olive oil, add salt to taste.
  8. Bring to boil. Stir in couscous and let stand covered for 5 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.
  9. Fluff with fork.
  10. Add to veggie mixture, salt and pepper it, and combine everything gently.
  11. Let cool, then stuff 12-14 pound turkey.
  12. If baking separately, put stuffing into buttered 3-4 qt casserole, drizzle with broth, dot top with butter.
  13. Bake in middle of oven for 30 minutes covered and 30 minutes uncovered.


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