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Under 30 Minutes

Under 30 Minutes

Tuna-and-Orange Lettuce Cups with Couscous Cakes

Couscous cakes get you out of the rice-and-potato rut. Try swapping parsley or cilantro for the basil.

  • prep: 25 mins
    total time: 25 mins
  • servings: 4

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Ingredients

  • 1 orange, peel and pith removed
  • 1 large fennel bulb, thinly sliced lengthwise, plus fronds (optional) for serving
  • 2 cans (5 ounces each) solid white tuna packed in water, drained and broken into pieces
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 2 1/4 cups reserved cooked couscous from Halibut with Tomatoes and Fennel
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1 head Bibb or Boston lettuce, leaves separated

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Working over a large bowl, cut out segments from orange, then cut into 1/4-inch pieces; squeeze juice from membranes. To bowl, add fennel, tuna, vinegar, and 1 tablespoon oil; season with salt and pepper. Toss well to combine and set aside.

  2. Step 2

    In another large bowl, stir together couscous, eggs, and basil until combined and season with salt and pepper. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 3 tablespoons oil over medium-high. Working in batches, drop couscous mixture in 1/4-cup mounds (8 mounds total). With a small spatula, gently flatten each mound and cook until golden and crisp, 3 to 4 minutes, flipping once. Drain on paper towels.

  3. Step 3

    Divide tuna mixture among lettuce leaves and sprinkle with fennel fronds, if desired. Serve with couscous cakes.

Source
Everyday Food, July/August 2011

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Reviews (3)

  • 22 Aug, 2013

    The salad was amazing (not the canned tuna part).
    The "Couscous cake" was okay but it was very crispy, although it was verry bland, I will make this again with some adjusments.

  • 10 Aug, 2012

    Just made the couscous cakes last night...they were a BIG hit with everyone. So easy, so good.

  • 31 Jul, 2012

    This looks absolutely delicious. Just one question, though. Is it possible to bake coucous cakes instead of frying? Even though it's olive oil, I do not want to fry.