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Lamb Steaks with Peppers and Cumin

Make a huge batch of these delightful cumin-spiced peppers. You can serve them not just with the lamb steaks here, but also with pork and beef.

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  • Servings: 4

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  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds

  • Four 3/4-inch-thick lamb leg steaks (10 to 12 ounces each)

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • Salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 1/2 pounds assorted peppers, such as bell, cubanelle and wax—cored, seeded and cut into strips and diced


  1. In a small skillet, toast the cumin over moderate heat until fragrant, about 40 seconds. Transfer to a mortar and let cool completely. Grind the cumin seeds to a coarse powder.
  2. Rub the steaks with 1 tablespoon of the oil. Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with 2 teaspoons of the ground cumin. Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large, deep skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil. Add the peppers, season with salt and black pepper, cover and cook over moderate heat until starting to soften, 8 minutes. Add 1/2 cup of water and the remaining cumin. Cover and cook over low heat, stirring a few times, until the peppers are tender, about 5 minutes. Keep the skillet covered and remove from the heat.
  4. Light a grill or preheat a grill pan. Grill the steaks over high heat until charred and medium-rare, 3 minutes per side; transfer to plates to rest for 5 minutes. Stir the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil into the peppers and season with salt and pepper. Serve.

Suggested Pairing

Robust, spicy South African red.

Contributed By Photo © Con Poulos Published September 2012

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