Last week I came home to my brother’s apartment from a really, really long day of meetings. It was late, I had an early morning run planned and I didn’t feel like going out. So we did what NYers do best. We got delivery from a local pita place. I wasn’t expecting much from my brown rice bowl, but I devoured it. Brown rice, steak and feta, vegetables and golden raisins. It was healthy and filling and interesting. Exactly what I needed to end my long day and fuel my morning workout.
So of course I came home and recreated it. I know there was some kind of green sauce on the side, but I couldn’t remember what it was supposed to be. I improvised and made a tangy Tahini and Cilantro dressing which complimented the earthy brown rice and sweet golden raisins. This is one of those dishes where you think – do these things really go together? Let me assure you that they do. It’s one magical bowl of goodness.
2 cups uncooked brown rice
4 cups vegetable (or chicken) stock
1 tsp. salt
1 lb. skirt steak
1 cup shredded carrots
1/2 bunch green onions, thinly sliced
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/3 lb. feta cheese, crumbled
For the dressing
2 tbsp. tahini
2 tbsp. white wine vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup cilantro
Bring the stock to a boil in a small pot, then add the rice. Once it comes to a simmer, reduce the heat to low and cover. Cook undisturbed for 35 minutes, or until the rice is tender. Alternately, cook the rice in the stock in a rice cooker.
While the rice is cooking, make the dressing by either blending the dressing ingredients in a blender or food processor or whisking the ingredients together (chop the cilantro as thinly as possible before you whisk). Set aside.
Sprinkle your steak with salt and grill it until desired doneness (medium rare, please). I used my grill pan, but a real grill works just as well. After it’s done, let it rest for about 5 minutes, then cut into thin slices.
Serve the rice into 4 bowls and top with the carrots, green onions, golden raisins, feta and steak. Drizzle with dressing and serve.
Makes 4 servings.