We had a wonderful home-prepared dinner on Saturday night. Tomorrow, I will be doing my post of another wonderful New York State Riesling wine & food pairing with the main course of that meal. However, I wanted to first introduce a sweet sidedish that also complemented the fruit-forward scents of the Rooster Hill 2007 Estate Semi Dry Riesling that I just received in the mail to review from the lovely Keuka Lake Winery, Rooster Hill Vineyards.
This side dish is very simple to prepare, and contains apricots. I decided to prepare the couscous with apricot and almond to complement the fragrant apricot and white peach aromas in the wine, and its smooth, lovely honey finish), as well as cinnamon, almond and a bit of lemon. The wine was a true bouquet of fresh summer fruits, the way a good Riesling ought to be. I will give full detail on the pairing of the wine in tomorrow's post, so stay tuned. In the meantime, here is the recipe for the super side dish that (like the lamb main course) was a wonderful complement with Rooster Hill's aromatic white wine.
Sasha's Sweet Apricot Almond Couscous
1 cup plain couscous
1 1/2 cup pineapple juice
1/4 cup dried apricot (cut into small pieces)
1/4 cup almond slivers
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 tsp cinnamon
I am pleased to enter this dish in the multi-blog sidedish showdown!