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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.



READER'S COMMENT:
"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 Recipe

23 Reviews for Middle Eastern Lamb Stew

09/08/2014
Anonymous
Tasty

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
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03/04/2014
Anonymous
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
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01/19/2014
Anonymous
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 diet....so 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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04/01/2013
Anonymous
Sounds delicious but anything but delicious

I came across this recipe a few weeks ago and I thought it sounded delicious so I printed a copy. Over the weekend I made it. I was so disappointed. First of all the stew was watery, second it lacked any flavor, and finally I wasted my heard earned money on lamb. I even tried marinating the meat in the spices for 2 hours and used the lamb bones from the lamb shoulder. That did not add any flavor. I cut down on the broth because there was too much liquid from the tomatoes, and there still was too much liquid in the end. I hate wasting food but after giving the stew another shot the following day, it is going out into the garbage.

Can't think of any
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01/13/2013
A hit

This stew came together quickly and easily. I used regular spinach instead of baby spinach, so that added to the prep time. Canned chick peas (AKA, garbanzo beans) worked very well.

I cooked it on low for the minimum length of time (5 1/2 hours) and consequently the meat was still a little chewy. The flavors were very well balanced. I like spicy food and this was definitely on the mild end of the scale but by no means bland. The warmth of the seasonings harmonized nicely with the umami of the meat juices and the vegetable bitterness of the spinach.

I will definitely be preparing this dish again.

Delicious, easily assembled
Middle Eastern Lamb Stew & couscous
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