PUBLISHED: 11:13 AM on Wednesday, March 2, 2005
Asian American Lamb Noodle Salad with Peanuts

  From top: Asian American Lamb Noodle Salad with Peanuts and Spicy Lemongrass American Lamb with Peanuts in Lettuce Cups
Preparation Time: 25 minutes • Marinate Time: 30 minutes• Cook Time: 18 minutes

10 green onions (white and pale green parts only), chopped

3 Tbsp. sesame oil, divided

3 Tbsp. rice wine or apple juice

3 Tbsp. soy sauce

3 Tbsp. light brown sugar

2 Tbsp. oyster sauce

1 tsp. salt

1 pound American lamb shoulder, well trimmed and cut into 1/4"-thick bite-size pieces

3 Tbsp. peanut oil, divided

3 shallots, thinly sliced, divided

6 ounces sweet potato noodles or (mung bean) cellophane noodles

3 to 5 cups baby spinach leaves

1/4 pound snow peas, strings removed

1 carrot, julienned and blanched

1/4 cup coarsely chopped roasted peanuts

In medium bowl, combine green onions, 2 tablespoons sesame oil, rice wine or apple juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, oyster sauce and salt. Remove 2 tablespoons and mix into lamb. Cover, refrigerate and marinate for 30 minutes. Reserve remaining sauce. Prepare noodles according to package directions. Remove from heat, rinse, drain and toss with remaining 1 tablespoon sesame oil, set aside. In large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon peanut oil over medium heat. Add one-half of shallots and stir 10 seconds. Add lamb and cook, stirring occasionally until no longer pink (about 4 to 6 minutes.) Transfer to large bowl, keep warm. Wipe out skillet and add remaining 2 tablespoons peanut oil. Add remaining shallots and stir 10 seconds. Mix in noodles and reserved sauce, cooking 3 to 4 minutes or until sauce is absorbed. Add spinach, snow peas and carrots. Stir-fry 3 to 4 minutes or until spinach is just wilted. Pour over lamb. Add peanuts, toss and serve.

Makes 16 appetizer servings.

Nutrition per serving: 201 calories, 8g protein, 15g carbohydrates, 12g total fat (52% calories from fat), 27mg cholesterol, 1g fiber, 390mg sodium, 2mg niacin, 0.07mg vitamin B-6, 0.79mcg vitamin B-12, 1mg iron, 2mg zinc.