RECIPE

Lamb Steaks With Four Peppers and Nutty Couscous

This dish goes well with a nice bottle of red-a Merlot or a Cabarnet Sauvingnon would work well.

Ingredients

  • 4 8-ounce boneless lamb leg steaks or beef sirloin steaks
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup EVOO (extra-virgin olive oil)
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1 cubanelle pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 pinches ground cinnamon
  • 1 10-ounce box couscous
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 8-10 Peppadew peppers, chopped
  • 1/4 cup hot pickled yellow peppers, chopped
  • 1 handful chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
  • 1 handful chopped fresh mint (if using lamb)

Preparation

Pat the steaks dry, season with salt and pepper on both sides and let stand for about 10 minutes.

In a medium skillet, heat 3 tablespoons EVOO, 3 turns of the pan, over medium-high heat until very hot. Add the fresh peppers and garlic, season with salt and pepper and cook, tossing often, until the peppers begin to brown, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat, cover and keep warm.

On a large nonstick griddle, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon EVOO, 1 turn of the pan, over medium-high heat until smoking hot. Add the steaks and cook for 3 to 4 minutes on each side for medium-rare and for 5 minutes on each side for medium. Let rest.

In a small saucepan, bring the chicken broth, butter and cinnamon to a boil. Add the couscous and cover the pan. Turn off the heat, let stand for 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork and stir in the nuts.

Add the Peppadew peppers and pickled yellow peppers to the sautéed peppers, warm briefly and mix in the parsley and mint. Serve the peppers on top of the steaks with the couscous alongside.

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