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Sauteed Sicilian Lamb

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 55 min
  • Active: 55 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1 tablespoon olive oil 

1 1/3 pounds boneless lamb cutlets (leg or loin cut), sliced into 1/2-inch strips

Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper 

2 cloves garlic, minced 

1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves, chopped 

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 

1 large yellow onion, sliced 

1 whole roasted red bell pepper, seeded and sliced 

One 10-ounce package sliced white button mushrooms 

1 cup dry white wine 

1/2 cup pitted large green olives, roughly chopped 

2 teaspoons capers, rinsed 

1/4 teaspoon lemon zest 

Rice pilaf, for serving

1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, for garnish 


  1. Set a large saute pan over high heat and add the oil. Sprinkle the lamb with salt and pepper. Add the lamb to the pan along with the garlic and saute until just cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the oregano and pepper flakes and stir. The lamb is done when browned all over but still tender. Transfer to a dish and set aside.
  2. Set the pan back over the heat and reduce the heat to medium. Add the onions, roasted peppers and mushrooms to the pan. Season with salt and pepper. Saute until the vegetables begin to soften, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.
  3. Deglaze the pan with the wine, scraping up any browned bits. Stir in the olives, capers and lemon zest. Bring to a simmer and reduce by two-thirds, 3 to 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Return the lamb to the pan and stir together to incorporate the flavors and heat through.
  4. Serve the lamb with rice pilaf and garnish with the parsley.