Griddled steak & pepper is that herby jewelled tabbolah rice which is the perfect combination between beef and pomegranate. They are both carrier of B vitamins in abundance which boost our metabolism and our nervous and immune system functions, as well as helping us feel less tired. Ingredients like fresh mint, fresh leaves parsley, spring onions, pistachios and red peppers are crucial to this dish because of their specific flavor and cooking techniques they are used. Try to follow carefully step by step James Oliver’s instructions to have the beautiful and delicious dish at the end.
150 g brown rice
½ a bunch of fresh mint , (15g)
1 bunch of fresh flat-leaf parsley, (30g)
2 spring onions
extra virgin olive oil
½ a pomegranate
25 g shelled unsalted pistachios
200 g roasted peeled red peppers in brine
1 x 200 g quality fillet steak,
preferably 3cm thick
10 g feta cheese
Cook the rice according to the packet instructions, then drain and put into a bowl. Pick and finely chop the mint and parsley leaves, including any tender stalks. Trim and finely slice the spring onions, then stir through the rice with the herbs, the lemon zest and juice, 1 tablespoon of oil and a pinch of black pepper. Holding the pomegranate half cut side down in your fingers, bash the back of it so the seeds tumble out, stir most of them through the rice, then taste and season to perfection.
Preheat a griddle pan on a high heat, lightly toasting the pistachios while it heats up. Once golden, crush them in a pestle and mortar and stir most of them through the rice. Use a ball of kitchen paper to carefully rub the griddle bars with a little oil. Drain the peppers, open them out and grill on both sides, then remove to a plate. Rub a little oil and a pinch of sea salt and pepper into the steak, then griddle for 2 to 3 minutes on each side for medium-rare, turning every minute, or until cooked to your liking. Rest the steak for a couple of minutes on top of the peppers while you pile the rice on a platter. Toss the steak and peppers in the resting juices, slice up the steak, add both to the platter and crumble over the feta. Scatter over the rest of the pomegranate seeds and pistachios, then serve.
Recipe source: Jamie Oliver cookbook