cooking: lamb steak over polenta w/ oven roasted veggies

What to do when you’re feeling bummed out? Eat a great meal of course…or at least one that you know will make you feel better!

After work, I made a quick stop at Wegmans to pick up lamb sausage a lamb steak, and a couple veggies. I also attempted to try to find the Vosges Gianduja Bar to no avail. Wegmans please carry this variety soon please? It may be my favorite Vosges bar.

Anyway, during my drive home the dish came together in my mind. Serve the steak medium over polenta with a side of roasted tomatoes and mushrooms. Perfect.

Lamb Steak over Polenta w/ Oven Roasted Veggies
Steak serves 1; Polenta and Veggies serve 1+

-1/2 lb. leg of lamb steak
-vegetable oil
-salt & pepper

-1/2 c polenta
-1 c milk
-1 c water
-1/2 c pecorino romano, grated
-salt, to taste

Preheat grill.

Season steak with salt and pepper on both sides. Next, rub oil over both sides of steak.

Start making polenta.

In a saucepan, whisk together polenta, milk, water, and salt. Cover and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, whisking occasionally. Once boiling, turn the heat down to low and shift the lid over so it’s cracked. Leave for 15 minutes.

Place the steak on the grill. You should hear a nice sizzle. If not, your grill is not hot enough. Close lid of grill. If you want to achieve grill marks, rotate the steak 45° after 2 minutes. After another 2 minutes, flip the steak over and repeat.

Once finished and cooked to your desired doneness (I was going for medium), set aside to rest, covered with foil, for about 10 – 15 minutes.

Whisk the pecorino into the polenta and mix well.

Place a serving of polenta on a plate, then top it with the steak. Serve with roasted veggies.


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solo: 串吧

Side Note: When I did 6 weeks of study abroad in Shanghai, I fell in love with the Chinese street food of lamb on skewers, yangrou chuan.

I really can’t explain how happy I am that I came across this place yesterday! The place is called Solo, and in small Chinese characters it says 串吧, Chuan Ba, I guess meaning kebab/skewer bar. It’s a tiny place with bar seating and a few tables for two along the wall.

I already had lunch, but the fact that I could have yangrou chuan at this very minute excited me. Of course I now had room for one little skewer of goodness. Five minutes after ordering, the chuan was finished and it looked fantastic with tender, juicy pieces of lamb and a sprinkling of this spicy powder (never quite knew what they used). Ahh it was amazing! It was so delicious and reminded me of the time I spent in Shanghai.

For a $1.50, it’s a little steep when compared to what you would pay in China, but I’ll pay that $1.50 anytime here in the US because it’s worth it.

I just might have to stop here every time I’m in Philly Chinatown now…

Solo – 串吧
50 N. 10th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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