A few of them appealed to me, including this recipe for Stir Fried Lamb with Cumin, Chili and Garlic. Maybe it's because I've recently had lamb noodle dishes at X'ian Famous Foods, but I had a serious love at first sight moment with this recipe.
Adapted from Mark Bittman/New York Times
- 1 1/2 pounds lamb shoulder, cut into 1/2 inch cubes (pretty small)
- 1 TBS cumin seeds
- 1 TBS Szechuan peppercorns (optional)
- 1/2 tsp crushed chili pepper
- 1 TBS chopped garlic
- 1 TBS soy sauce
- peanut or high smoke point oil, like peanut or grapeseed or safflower or what have you
- about 1 lb broccolini (or broccoli, or string beans, or snow peas, or whatever), trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 slivered garlic clove
- about 1/2 cup of chicken broth or water
- 1 c roughly chopped scallions
Place the cumin seeds and Szechuan peppercorns (if using), into a small saucepan or saute pan (or skillet--whatever, use a cooking vessel) and toast over low heat until fragrant, about 3 minutes.
In a bowl, combine the lamb, toasted cumin, Szechuan peppercorns (if using), garlic, chili flakes, and soy sauce.
Toss to coat well. If you have time, let it marinate in the fridge for up to 24 hours.
Prep your broccolini.
Cook in a similar fashion to this recipe, which is basically to heat about a TBS of oil in a skillet over medium high heat, add a slivered garlic clove, let the garlic lightly brown, throw in the broccolini, toss to coat, add the broth or water, cover and simmer for a few minutes until it becomes crisp tender, about 5 minutes.
Remove broccolini from skillet and wipe the skillet dry with a paper towel.
Heat about 2 to 3 TBS of oil over high heat in the skillet you just used (okay, I used a saute pan, you got me). Place the lamb in the skillet, and cook for about a minute without disturbing. Take that minute to enjoy the aroma.
After you're done enjoying the aroma, stir the lamb a bit and then cook for another minute. Add in the scallions.
Give another stir, and cook until scallions are wilted and lamb is about medium, which should only take 1 to 2 minutes top.
Serve over rice.