Having just moved, I had the pleasure of restocking my pantry with all of my favorite things: olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, kosher salt, pastas, arborio and basmati rice. With a good base of staple ingredients, the possibilities for dinner are endless when you add a few fresh ingredients.
With this in mind, I stopped by my favorite specialty foods store on my walk home from the city and bought a gorgeous piece of flank steak and some beautiful veggies. Now you've probably never thought of having fried rice outside of ordering chinese takeout, but trust me it's even better when you make it yourself.
Steak Fried Rice
Yield: 4 Servings
1 1/2 cups basmati rice
2 tbsp olive oil, plus a drizzle
3/4 lb flank steak
pinch of cayenne, optional
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 small yellow onion, diced
2 tbsp flat leaf parsley, chopped
Start by placing a small pot over high heat, add the basmati rice as well as 2 1/2 cups of water and a bit of kosher salt. Allow the rice to come to a boil uncovered, then turn it down to low heat and cover it for ten minutes or until the rice is cooked. Once it's cooked, set it aside.
Meanwhile, pat your steak dry and rub it down on both sides with a drizzle of olive oil as well as a healthy coating of kosher salt, ground black pepper and a pinch of cayenne. Place a large pan over high heat for a couple minutes, then carefully add the steak to the pan allowing it to get a nice caramelization on both sides for about 3 minutes each (that will achieve a nice medium temperature after resting). Remove the steak from the pan and set it aside allowing it to rest.
Next, in the same pan turn the heat in your pan down to medium-low and add the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Now add your diced red bell pepper and your diced yellow onion to the pan and allow them to cook for 5-6 minutes stirring them occasionally.
Next, crack the egg into a small bowl and beat it for a few seconds with a fork. Once the veggies have cooked for 5-6 minutes, pour the egg over it and stir it as if you're making scrambled eggs until the egg is cooked through for about 2-3 minutes.
Finally, add your cooked rice and chopped parsley to the pan and stir it around so that it picks up all of the delicious brown bits at the bottom of the pan. At this point you can also season the rice to taste with some salt and pepper. The final step is to slice the rested steak, and add it to the top of the gorgeous fried rice. Enjoy!