Saturday, September 3, 2011

Spiced Lamb Kebabs

Ah, weekends. Now that I am not a resident anymore and don't have to study all weekend, weekends are for wasting time on the internet, television watching, reading for fun, and lounging. Once it gets a bit cooler, we will add dog walking, park going, and other outdoor activities to the list. I also throw in house cleaning, but we won't talk about that. I love weekends. And then they end.

But for the weeknights....

These lamb kebabs are a quick weeknight meal. Pair it with couscous and vegetable skewers (onion, pepper, mushroom. squash) cooked under the broiler.

Spiced Lamb Kebabs, adapted from Cooking Light

1 cup plain 2% Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 garlic clove, minced or pressed
1 pound boneless leg of lamb, trimmed and cut into cubes
Salt and pepper

Combine yogurt, cumin, paprika, and garlic in a bowl. Sprinkle lamb with salt and pepper. Combine lamb and yogurt mixture in a zip-top plastic bag; seal and marinate in refrigerator at least 1 hour. Remove lamb, and discard marinade. Thread 3-4 lamb pieces onto wooden skewers. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat; coat with cooking spray. Arrange skewers on pan; cook for 7 minutes or until desired degree of doneness, turning frequently. Remove from the pan. Repeat with remaining skewers.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Ginger and Beef Stir Fry

Ginger Beef Stir Fry, adapted from Williams Sonoma Meats & Poultry

1 lb flank steak, cut across the grain into long thin slices
1 T soy sauce
1 T sesame oil
1 T cornstarch
1/4 lb ginger, peeled and julienned
1 t salt
Grapeseed oil
1 lb asparagus, cut into 1/4" slices
3 T water
1 clove garlic, minced
3 T sherry
1 t sugar

Mix soy sauce, sesame oil, and cornstarch. Add flank steak. Marinate at least 30 minutes.

Toss ginger with salt. Let stand 20 minutes. Rinse and pat dry.

In cast iron pan, heat grapeseed oil over med-high heat. Add beef and stir fry 1-2 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Pour off most of oil, add water and asparagus, stir fry until asparagus is cooked and water is gone. Add ginger, garlic, sherry, beef. and sugar. Stir fry until hot. 

Serve over rice.