Middle Eastern Lamb Stew

January/February 2008

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This brothy stew is boldly flavored with a blend of characteristic Middle Eastern spices and finished with fresh spinach and fiber-rich chickpeas. Economical lamb shoulder tenderizes beautifully when leisurely cooked in a slow cooker. If you can't find boneless shoulder stew meat, do not substitute more-expensive lamb leg—it tends to dry out during slow cooking. Instead, purchase lamb shoulder chops and debone them. Serve over bulgur and accompany with a salad.

"So easy and very, very tasty. I'm new to slow cooking and this is the 4th recipe I've tried. It is by far the most flavorful. The combination of spices is delicious. My only thought for improvement is that it would be nice if the lamb...
Middle Eastern Lamb Stew

25 Reviews for Middle Eastern Lamb Stew

Delicious, fragrant, and easy!

I got 1.5 lbs of lamb stew meat from the butcher and tossed it in the seasonings in a plastic freezer bag, and left it in the fridge over night. I added more seasonings than was called for, at least a tablespoon each of coriander and cumin. I kept dashing in more of each spice, and pepper, until all the lamb stew meat was completely heavily coated in spice mixture.

I sauteed onion, garlic, and a couple of carrots - left them in their own container in the fridge overnight, then put those in the bottom of the slow cooker and added one DRAINED 28-oz can of tomatoes. Then the broth, then I topped with the lamb meat and cooked on low for 9 hours (while I was at work).

Afterwards I added a full drained 15 oz can of chickpeas which I mashed all of in a food processor. I didn't add the greens. It was the perfect amount of liquid and it was a delicious, hearty, fall stew. The lamb meat was so tender.

easy, low fat, high protein
Truly enjoyed this!

I just tossed everything into the crockpot - did not bother simmering the tomatoes, broth and garlic. Because it was a little watery, I decided to add a cup of rice an hour before it was finished, and that made it nice and thick.

I also bought bone-in lamb accidentally, so I ended up with about a pound of lamb, and I think that was good as lamb is pretty flavorful. I think more would have made it over powering.

Definitely will make again. I was careful to cook on low for only 6 hours. I hate overcooked crockpot food.

Simple and delicious

I had some boneless leg of lamb steaks that the butcher cut too thin. I decided to cut them up into chunks. I added extra fresh ground coriander (5 tsp), extra cumin (4 tsp), extra garlic (6 cloves) and 2 very large onions I did not pre-saute anything. I used 1/4 cup organic chicken bouillon paste with out adding extra water(the onions and tomato will create the extra liquid). I let it cook on high all day. When the stew was done we separated most of the stew and liquid to cover in a serving dish and added couscous to the remaining liquid in the crock pot, letting that cook for 5 min. Sprinkled finishing sea salt to taste and a Mediterranean spice called Ras el Hanout which put it over the edge of fantastic! This is a keeper, even for me. I am not partial to over cooked meats.

Simple & Quick don't forget your crock pot liner for no mess clean up
Smells like an Old Shoe

This lamb stew smells like an old shoe and tastes pretty terrible too. I can barely stomach it but I'm trying to finish it so as not to waste all the lamb. I followed the recipe exactly. Yuck.

the bread I ate as a side was good
Comments (1)


Anonymous wrote 8 weeks 1 day ago

Oh my.... You are probably

Oh my.... You are probably not used to Indian cuisine.....I guess if you think about it, and have never had it, it may have smelled that way. But~ what a wonderful old shoe! YUM!!!

Great Recipe!

My husband and I are on a healthy kick and loosing weight. We needed a change from chicken. I trimmed up 2 lamb shanks on the bone. After all was done... I ended up with 1lb of meat. Instead of canned tomatoes, I used 3.5 homemade crushed tomatoes and 1 fresh. I used a whole can of low sodium chicken broth and instead of all the olive oil I used 1 teaspoon of coconut oil. To us, it didn't need any salt, but we have been on a very low sodium the mix of foods was enough flavor. It all worked great. I used the suggestion and used bulgur. Defiantly will do this again!

Healthy and Hearty!

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