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

Too Spicy

Overall I am content with this meal, it was my first time cooking in a crock pot so I wasn't sure how it would turn out. i followed the instructions word for word, and I think the cayenne pepper portion is too much, which caused the spicy taste.
Did anyone find this meal as spicy as I did?

The lamb was very tender and delicious.
Food is served.
Great Lamb stew meal, but too spicy!

I followed the instructions word for word, and used measuring cups/spoons to perfection but unfortunately the meal was very very spicy. Is it the cayenne pepper that caused my meal to become spicy?
I served it with couscous and raisins, see picture.

The lab was very delicious, it came out pretty tender.

this was delicious! great use for lamb shoulder. i cooked up dry garbanzo beans. served over 50/50 millet/quinoa as we dont eat wheat. very healthy too!

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Anonymous wrote 3 years 22 weeks ago

for those who comment on lack

for those who comment on lack of flavor- i think it just needed a bit more salt and that really brought out the other flavors. but then again, i may have added more garlic, cayenne, and black pepper as i tend to have a heavy hand and to not measure :)

So-so... but not worth it

I was excited for this recipe but it ended up being a let down. There just wasn't much flavor. Maybe if I'd marinated the lamb, or left it on the bone, or done it on low for 6 hrs instead of on high for 3... It was really easy and the lamb was incredibly tender. But the flavor was so lacking that I'm not inclined to try it again. And for whatever reason, it left us really hungry. I can't explain it, but each time we ate it, despite sizeable servings, we were looking for a second meal immediately after.

Loved it! Hands down excellent.

I followed the recipe exactly but added a little salt and pepper before serving. I used lamb shoulder chops and threw in the bones for additional flavor. I used the low setting on my slow cooker so that the meat would have the greatest chance of absorbing the flavors. Cooked it for 6 hours and served it with couscous. Two thumbs up.

Easy, tasty and satisfying. My family asked me to make it again.
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Anonymous wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

Sooo basically you made a

Sooo basically you made a completely different recipe? lol

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