A few weeks ago I was watching “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” on the Food Network and the theme was ‘Messy’. If you watch this series, you can imagine that due to the theme of ‘MESSY’, there were many sloppy, delicious, gooey foods. VERY MESSY! There was one dish that Restaurant Critic Frank Bruni exalted as his favorite messy dish, the Asparagus Rice Bowl from restaurant Revel in Seattle, that I found intriguing.
The dish lends itself to be so versatile that I had to give it a whirl but MY way. I was fascinated by the Olive Pistachio Chutney. The ingredients spoke to my taste buds. There are a few things that need to be prepared a day in advance but worth the effort. You have to pickle red onions and lemon peel separately. The asparagus was grilled and straight forward to prepare. I have never incorporated radicchio in anything so thought this was my way of using it but also added baby bok choy mixed with the radicchio with a splash of balsamic vinegar. Revel Restaurant tops off their rice bowl with an egg yolk that I did not incorporate. I wanted protein in my dish so I used roasted tofu and for my husband, baked chicken. The rice base at Revel appears to be white rice and I used brown rice with quinoa.
So here’s my version of this ‘Messy’ bowl once it was all ‘messed’ up!
We loved it in our household – the Olive Pistachio Chutney is the key. Even with my own improvisations it was delightful so I can only imagine the Chef’s version being over the top. Watch the video of ‘The Best Thing I Ever Ate – Messy’ episode for further guidance. Be creative with your vegetable additions as you see fit. The Revel version had no protein but I thought, why not?
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The total time does not include prepping and cooking your protein of choice, and pickling the onions and lemons. The time documented here includes prepping and cooking the tofu. Pickle the onions and lemons a day ahead and depending on your protein you will add that process time to your preparation. Keep in mind you're doing several things in parallel. Enjoy!
- 1 cup brown rice
- 1/2 cup quinoa
- 2.5 cups vegetable stock
- 16 stems asparagus
- 6 stems baby bok choy
- 1 cup radicchio, shredded
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 cup kalamata olives
- 2/3 cup pistachios, shelled
- 2 tbl pickled onions
- 1 tbl pickled lemons
- 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
- 1 tsp toasted cumin
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 cup of extra firm tofu or protein of your choice!
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- If you are using tofu as your protein drain the water out of the tofu. I wrap the tofu in paper towels and place in the refrigerator, changing the paper towels frequently.
- Once the tofu is drained slice it in even strips and roast in the oven with a little sea salt on a cookie sheet (I line it with parchment paper to brown evenly) for about 20 minutes.
- Cook your brown rice and quinoa in the vegetable stock.
- Slice your baby bok choy in long strips and add to the radicchio. Wash thoroughly and drain.
- Toss the vegetables in a bowl with the balsamic vinegar. Set aside
- In another bowl mix your olives, pistachios, pickled onions and lemons, rice wine vinegar, cumin and red pepper flakes.
- Roast your asparagus with sea salt and black pepper for about 20 minutes.
- In a serving bowl, layer the bottom with your rice and quinoa, then assemble your bok choy/radicchio, asparagus, protein and olive pistachio chutney.
- Cut up, mix up, blend all together to enjoy all the flavors!!