January 13th, 2010

Steak Recipe: Red Quinoa, Black Kale and Ribeye

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That is one gorgeous cut of beef!

Ribeye is my favorite and it’s blogger Melody’s fave too!

Here’s her post over at BouchonFor2.com with an amazing ribeye recipe.

Thyme-Infused Red Quinoa with Lemon-Mustard Black Kale with Ribeye

Ingredients

2 cups red quinoa

2 cups vegetable or chicken stock

2 bunches of kale, aprox 1.5 lbs.

1 fennel bulb, white parts only, diced

3-4 garlic cloves, minced

1 lemon, zested and juiced

1/4 cup grainy mustard

1 bunch thyme

Olive Oil, S&P

Preparation

Quinoa: Place in a fine sieve and rinse under cold water until water runs clear. Initial red and foamy water is normal.

Thyme: Tie the sprigs together with twine or spend 10 minutes picking them out like I did.

Stock: Bring to a boil.

Kale: Strip the leaves from the stalk by grabbing the stalk by the bottom and pulling the leaves towards the tip. Chop the leaves into bite-sized pieces.

Directions

In a large pot, sweat the fennel on medium heat with the garlic in some olive oil. When the fennel is tender, add the quinoa and continue to cook for 2 minutes.

Add the hot stock, 2 tsp. of salt, and thyme bundle, cover with a lid, and cook on low heat for 15-20 minutes.

The quinoa is done when all the liquid is absorbed and little white curls are released. When ready, remove the thyme, fluff through with a fork, cover, and keep warm.

In a deep skillet, heat up some olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the kale in by handfuls and welt it down for about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. (Unlike other leafy greens, kale does not release much liquid.)

When the kale is tender, stir in the mustard and lemon zest + juice.

Toss the kale into the warm quinoa.

Serve with beef below.

Serves 4 as main dish.

Ribeye is my favorite cut for steak. A pristine piece is distinctly flavorful, tender yet toothsome, and releases the proper amount of fatty juices with each bite.

To cook the proper steak is to not fear, over- think, or complicate it.

Rub the slab down with some oil and sprinkle generously with sea salt.

Sear both sides quickly in a hot skillet, transfer to a baking pan, and a finish it in hot oven (400 °F) for several minutes.

A rare steak will feel soft and remain slightly indented after a poke, while a medium rare steak will spring back gently.

Use a meat thermometer if you are not confident to test its doneness by touch initially. For a medium rare steak, remove it at 125-130 °F.

Remember that the residual heat will continue to cook it during the resting time.

Cover the meat gently with foil and allow it to rest until the moisture re-absorbs (8-10 minutes).

Slice it thinly against the grain.

Refrain from drooling.

Lay it over the Quinoa and garnish with a sprig of basil.

Serve with a ripe, freshly sliced tomato.

No sauce, no jus, maybe just a dollop of tangy horseradish mustard.

Large, crunchy flakes of Black Lava Salt can’t hurt though!

Recipe and photos courtesy of BouchonFor2.com.

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