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.
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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.
A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).