A Lamb at Play in a Field of Cumin

I have always loved lamb. I’m pretty sure because it was always something “special”. I never grew up eating it so when I finally had it the first time, I was in love!

1 tablespoon whole cumin seeds
2 teaspoons Sichuan or regular peppercorns
1 pound boneless lamb
1 teaspoon ground cumin
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
4 to 8 dried red chiles (or substitute 1/2 teaspoon or more crushed red pepper)
1 large white onion
1 bunch (about 8) scallions, trimmed
2 tablespoons peanut oil
3 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons Chinese cooking sherry (Shaoxing rice wine) or dry sherry
2 cups fresh cilantro, leaves and stems

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