Ready in minutes, quick-cooking couscous is possibly the speediest side dish on earth.
Cooks enjoy the way this North African staple's bead-shaped grains, made from ground semolina, provide a mild yet texturally interesting side dish that goes with just about anything. Though regular couscous can take up to 60 minutes to cook, the quick-cooking form is ready in a fraction of that. Boil water, pour the couscous into the pan, and let it stand about 5 minutes (follow specific package directions). You will find quick-cooking couscous in the rice or pasta section of the supermarket.