Rice Bowl With Beef, Onions, Collards, Fried Egg, and Corn Rémoulade

Smoke and Pickles
Whenever I can succesfully marry my love for Asian BBQ with my favorite Southern ingredients, I know I've made something special. The marinade for this beef was inspired by the popular Korean bulgogi sauce, and the collards are a true Southern icon. The history of collard greens begins with the African roots of the slaves in the colonial South, and the need to feed families with a hearty and nutritious green that was easy to farm, but it has grown into a tradition of abundance, celebration, and comfort. And here the collards seem right at home in a simple but satisfying rice bowl. 

Ingredients

Corn Chili Rémoulade:
  • 1 teaspoon unsalted butter 
  • 2 ears corn, shucked and kernels removed 
  • 1/4 cup Perfect Rémoulade (see below)
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

Marinade:

  • 1 garlic clove, grated (use a Microplane) 
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger (use a Microplane) 
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce 
  • 1 tablespoon Asian sesame oil 
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice 
  • 2 teaspoons sugar 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 
  • One 1-pound flat-iron steak, thinly sliced

Collards:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil 
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 
  • 1 cup diced onions 
  • 1 bunch collards (12 ounces), ribs removed, roughly chopped 
  • 1 teaspoon salt 
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar 
  • 1 tablespoon Asian sesame oil

Eggs:

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter 
  • 4 large eggs, preferably organic 
  • 4 cups cooked rice (see below)

Procedure

 
1. To make the rémoulade: Melt the butter in a small sauté pan over medium heat. Add the corn and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes, until tender. Remove from the heat, stir in the rémoulade and chili powder, and set aside.
 
2. To marinate the beef: Combine all the marinade ingredients in a bowl. Add the steak slices, turning to coat. Allow to marinate for 20 minutes at room temperature.
 
3. While the steak is marinating, cook the collards: In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and butter over medium heat until the butter melts. Add the onions and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until caramelized and nicely browned. Add the collard greens, salt, and vinegar, and sauté for 5 minutes, or until the collard greens are wilted. These aren't braised collards, so don't cook all the color out of them--they should be wilted but still with enough crunch to keep your mouth happy. Transfer the collards to a warm plate and cover to keep warm.
 
4. Cook the steak: Heat the sesame oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the steak slices, with the marinade, and cook, stirring constantly, for 3 to 5 minutes, until the beef is browned and cooked all the way through. Transfer the beef to a bowl and keep warm until ready to serve.
 
5. To cook the eggs: In the same skillet, melt the butter. Fry the eggs sunny-side up one at a time. Keep warm until ready to serve.
 
6. To serve, scoop the rice into your rice bowls. Spoon the collard greens over the rice and place the beef over the greens. Place a fried egg over the beef in each bowl and spoon about a tablespoon of the rémoulade over the egg. Serve immediately, with spoons -- it is best to mix everything together before enjoying.

 

Recipe for an Imperfect Bowl of Rice

Makes enough for 4 large rice bowls or 6 appetizer-sized ones 


The goal when cooking rice this way is to achieve a thin layer of toasted crust in the bottom of the pot. The crispy layer in contrast with the fluffy layer of rice on top is a sumptuous combination. I use a 10-inch cast-iron skillet. You could seek out a stone rice crock like the ones they use in Korean restaurants, but the cast-iron pan works just fine. Make your favorite toppings while the rice is cooking. When the toppings are ready, divide the warm rice, crunchy bits and all, among rice bowls and serve. 
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Asian long-grain rice
  • 1 teaspoon salt 

Procedure


1. Place the rice in a large bowl and fill the bowl with 4 cups cold water. Using your hands, stir the rice in circles until the water turns cloudy. Drain the rice in a strainer, then return to the bowl and add another 4 cups cold water. Allow the rice to soak for 30 minutes.

2. Drain the rice in the strainer again and shake to release the excess water. Transfer the rice to a 10-inch cast-iron skillet. Add 3 cups cold water and the salt and give it a nice stir. Bring the water to a simmer over medium-high heat. Turn the heat as low as you can, cover the skillet with a tight-fitting lid, and cook for 18 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow the rice to rest for 10 minutes, with the lid still on.

3. Take the lid off the skillet, turn the heat on to medium, and cook the rice, without stirring, for 3 to 5 minutes, until the rice on the bottom of the pan turns amber and crisp. You can keep the rice warm in the skillet until you are ready to serve.
 
 

Master Recipe For Perfect Rémoulade

Makes about 3 cups 

 
Don't be dismayed by the long list of ingredients. All you have to do is throw them all into a bowl and mix them together. This is a master recipe, which means that once this base is done, you can flavor it any way you want. Have fun with it. Use it on everything from burgers to raw vegetables. If you can, make it a day in advance; the flavors will harmonize overnight. 
 
Ingredients
  • 2 large eggs 
  • 1 1/4 cups mayonnaise, preferably Duke's or homemade 
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped shallots
  • 1/2 cup chopped pickled okra (substitute chopped cornichons if you don't have pickled okra) 
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated (use a Microplane) or finely minced 
  • 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish 
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice 
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh tarragon 
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley 
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons grainy mustard 
  • 1 teaspoon ketchup 
  • 3/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 
  • 3/4 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt 
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar 
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 
  • Grated zest of 1 orange 
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon 
  • 3 dashes Tabasco sauce

Procedure

 
1. Put the eggs into a small pot of water and bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for 4 minutes, then drain and immediately transfer to an ice bath to chill. Drain.

2. Peel the soft-boiled eggs and add to a large bowl. Beat with a whisk; the yolks will still be runny. Don't worry if it's lumpy. Add all the remaining ingredients and mix well with a wooden spoon until the mixture is thick enough to coat the spoon but runny enough to pour out of the bowl. Transfer to a jar and chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour before serving. The rémoulade will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Excerpted from Smoke & Pickles by Edward Lee (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2013.

Categories: 
Main Dishesbeef
Yield: 
Feeds 4 as a main course or 6 as an appetizer

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