Arugula Files is participating in the DC American Lamb Pro-Am. Thirteen local food bloggers received a boneless leg of lamb from Border Springs Farm and were challenged to prepare a great lamb dish for their readers. I'm happy to promote and recommend such a great, sustainable product. As they say, "American Lamb is 10,000 miles fresher." The best dishes will be presented at the American Pro-Lamb event on March 4. Vote for my dish!
This is a recreation of a dish I once had at P.F. Changs that I quite enjoyed. Yes, P.F. Changs, the chain restaurant. The one with the absurdly big horse statue in the front. Say no more.
The dish is a simple stir fry, but the toasted sesame seeds and crispy iceberg lettuce make it special. Iceberg lettuce. Wow, do I love thee. Iceberg lettuce has a bad (w)rap, largely attributable to its miscast role in the American salad, which is the last place it should be. People have called it the white bread of the produce aisle or likened it to red delicious apples. Both apt comparisons. But let's not be snobby about it. I think iceberg lettuce deserves recognition as a topping in a stir fry or a wrap; that's where it earns an encore. Here, it's the perfect contrast to this deliciously greasy lamb. The lamb. Oh, let me tell you about lamb because its source makes me so happy.