Every Monday and Wednesday, we'll announce a new Wildcard winner: a recipe that may not have been entered in (or won) a contest, but a recipe that we've tested and loved.
Today: The star of your next potluck -- or brown bag lunch, or dinner party.
WHO: Cristinasciarra is a writer, cook, food blogger, and avid Food52er living in Brooklyn.
WHAT: Your new favorite brown bag lunch -- and holiday side dish.
HOW: Cook your couscous in stock, and roast those roots. Then toss with chickpeas, herbs, goat cheese, and pepitas.
WHY WE LOVE IT: This couscous has everything we want in a dish; it's creamy, crunchy, tangy and herby, and those roasty roots give it that touch of sweetness. We think that this would make the perfect lunch -- but we also see it as a potluck side dish, or the star of a vegetarian dinner.
1 bunch of carrots
1 sweet potato
4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
Sea salt, black pepper
2 garlic cloves
2 cups Israeli (pearl) couscous
4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
4 tablespoons pumpkin seed oil (or olive oil)
1 small red onion, minced
1 1/3 cup chickpeas
4 ounces crumbly goat cheese
2 teaspoons za'atar
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
Photo by Ryan Dausch