Moroccan Lamb Stew

Moroccan & lamb? I realize this recipe is out of most of your comfort zones! Lamb has always been out of mine, but we received lamb chops in our monthly meat sharing agreement. I had no idea what to do with them or any clue on how to cook them, so I thought why not toss them in the good ol’ slow cooker! Venturing into uncharted waters, I had the slightest inkling on spice combinations so I went with some middle eastern flare that I saw in other recipes. 

Honestly, after tossing numerous herbs, spices and dried fruit into the slow cooker I had absolutely no aspirations of this tasting even remotely good. I just pictured me choking down some overcooked meat with morsels of raisins and apricots and a big swig of water. I also fully expected to whip up some quick gluten free oatmeal because I just figured it would be gross. Well folks, I was pleasantly surprised at how tasty this meal was! The flavor combos worked well together and it tasted fantastic served over the top of my Plantain Buttercup Mash. Really you could also serve it over rice, couscous (if you are not gluten free or Paleo) or even cauliflower rice too. 

I filed this under beef/pork recipes because I do not want to go through the headache of creating another subcategory for one lamb recipe :) Plus, even though this recipe is delicious I am not about to hop in my hoopdie wagon (aka…minivan) to buy lamb for more LAMB recipes. I will only be creating LAMB recipes as we get them in our CSA :) On a mini-van note, I always told myself never would I drive a mini-V, but I have to say they are some pretty pimp rides! 

Moroccan Lamb Stew
Serves 4
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
5 hr
Total Time
5 hr 20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
5 hr
Total Time
5 hr 20 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 Lamb or Goat Chops
  2. 32 oz Chicken Stock
  3. 2 Medium Sweet Potatoes, rough chopped
  4. 4 Medium Carrots, rough chopped
  5. 1 Medium Onion, rough chopped
  6. 1 C Raisins
  7. 1 C Dried Apricots, chopped
  8. 1 Sprig Rosemary
  9. 4-5 Sprigs Thyme
  10. 6-8 Mint Leaves
  11. 2 tbsp Garam Masala
  12. 1 tsp Cumin
  13. 1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds
  14. 2 tsp Salt
  15. 1 tsp Pepper
  16. 1 tbsp Garlic, finely chopped
  17. 1 tsp Ginger, crushed
  18. 1 Cinnamon Stick
  19. 1 tsp Ground Cardamon
  20. 1/2 tsp Cloves
  21. 1/2 tsp All Spice
  22. 1 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
  23. 1 tsp Ground Coriander
  24. 2 tbsp Arrowroot Powder
Instructions
  1. Add meat, chicken stock, herbs, spices, onions, sweet potatoes and carrots to slow cooker. Cook on low for 4 hours.
  2. For the last hour of cooking, stir in the raisins and dried apricots.
  3. Place the arrowroot powder in a small bowl. Add in two ladles of the stew broth and stir together until arrowroot is completely combined. Stir the arrowroot mixture into the stew to thicken the broth.
  4. Serve alone, with cauliflower rice or over the top of my plantain buttercup mash.
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