From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...If you are looking for a simple summer supper, I hope you'll keep these quick rice bowls in mind. While they are assembled like their Asian counterparts, they come together more quickly and are packed with the flavors of the American Southwest rather than those of East. The flavors appeal to most people and you can have the bowls on the table in a bit less than 30 minutes, so, they are a perfect way to end a sleepy summer day. The rice bowls are best served warm or at room temperature and the recipe can be easily be scaled to feed just two people. I hope you'll give this recipe a try. It is a simple way to end the what's for dinner dilemma. Here is the recipe.
Southwestern Steak and Rice Bowls...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of America's Test Kitchen
1-1/2 cups uncooked long-grained white rice, rinsed
2-1/4 cups water
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons lime juice
12 ounces cherry tomatoes, quartered
5 scallions, sliced thin
1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound sirloin steak tips, cut into strips and sliced thin across grain on bias
2 teaspoons chipotle chili powder
1) Bring water rice and 1 teaspoon salt to a boil in a medium saucepan. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer until rice is tender and water is absorbed, about 20 minutes. Fluff rice with a fork, then gently fold in 1 tablespoon lime juice. Cover pan to keep warm.
2) Meanwhile, combine tomatoes, scallions, cilantro, 2 teaspoons oil, remaining 1 tablespoon lime juice, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a bowl.
3) Toss steak in a medium bowl with 1 teaspoon oil, chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over high heat. Add half of sliced beef, breaking up any clumps, and cook without stirring for 1 minute. Stir beef and continue to cook until browned, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and keep warm. Repeat process with remaining 1 tablespoon oil and second half of beef.
4) Place an equal portion of rice in each of 4 bowls. Top with beef and tomato mixture. Serve warm. Yield: 4 servings.
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