Lazy Jerk-Rubbed Rib Eye and Spicy Green Papaya Relish

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Lazy Jerk-Rubbed Rib Eye with Green Papaya Relish

I recently threw together a Spicy Green Papaya Relish. Partly because I had bought shredded green papaya at the Thai market on a whim and needed some way to use it up. But mostly because I can be a lazy cook. You might not think so, considering the hours I spend in the kitchen or the amount of thought I put into planning meals. I’m sure you know this, but eating well requires a cook to be creative and flexible, not to mention seasonal. But being creative in the kitchen day after day can be an exhausting chore if you let it.

Wine Pairing

Austerity Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Austerity Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Austerity. The word conjures up images of a spare all-white living room, severe haircuts or jam-packed economy seating. The 2014 Austerity Cabernet Sauvignon is quite the opposite. While the price shows quite a bit of restraint, drinking the wine– while enjoying a nicely grilled piece of meat– is quite the opposite. Bright fruit, herbs, spice […]
Ken Eskenazi

Price $14-17

Pairs well with beef, lamb, barbecue, pasta with tomato sauce and some chocolate deserts.

So don’t let it. A simple fruit or vegetable relish is very typical of what I consider lazy cooking. It’s straightforward, flavorful and makes a minimal mess. It’s a colorful way to bring a simple splash of creativity to the plate. For the lazy cook (or the cook who’s in a lazy mood) this hot-sweet-sour Green Papaya Relish can lazily transform a simple grilled rib eye into an exotic dinner with complexity.

I say exotic because this Spicy Green Papaya Relish topped steak is rubbed with a homemade Jerk Seasoning– another shortcut all of us lazy cooks should keep in the pantry. This rub, in conjunction with the relish and my backyard grill, makes this lazy dinner a delicious Jamaican-Thai-American cross-cultural mash-up. Anything with that many hyphens has got to be exotic!

Spicy Green Papaya Relish and Wine?

Of course, one man’s lazy mash-up can lead to another man’s dilemma. I asked Ken to pair this grilled steak with a good bottle of wine. Grilled steak and Cabernet Sauvignon should be a lazy no-brainer. However, the sweet and sour, Spicy Green Papaya Relish could make this traditional red wine and red meat pairing problematic. Fortunately, Ken remembered tasting an Austerity Cabernet Sauvignon at a media event. There it was paired with Suzanne Goin’s Chocolate Tart. The nutty sweet tart gave Ken a clue that this wine might work in unexpected combinations. The 100% Austerity Cabernet has a lighter body and is fruit forward and exotically spiced enough to work well with the cocoa-infused rub and bold relish featured in this lazy Sunday Steak Supper at home. GREG

Austerity Cabernet SauvignonSpicy Green Papaya Relish

Spicy Green Papaya Relish

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Spicy Green Papaya Relish

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rice vinegar
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup lime juice
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cup julienned green papaya
  • 1 red onion (thinly sliced)
  • ½ habanero chile (minced, or more to taste)
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • ½ cup chopped fresh mint leaves
  • salt and pepper (as needed for seasoning)

Directions

Stir together vinegar, honey, lime juice, and sugar until the sugar is dissolved in a medium bowl. Add the papaya, red onion, habanero, cilantro and mint and mix until combined, season with salt and pepper. Let sit at room temperature for at least 15 minutes before serving. Drain each portion before using. Store leftovers in liquid, sealed in a jar and refrigerated.

jerk rubRaw Rib Eye

Homemade Jerk Seasoning Rub

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Store covered at room temperature.

Homemade Jerk Seasoning Rub

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 2 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves

Directions

Combine all the ingredients in a sealable container. Stir or shake until fully combined.

Jerk-Rubbed Rib Eye with Green Papaya Relish

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