Monday, April 9, 2012

Middle Eastern Lamb Stew Recipe

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The Lebanese Recipes Kitchen (The home of delicious Lebanese Recipes and Middle Eastern food recipes) invites you to try Middle Eastern Lamb Stew Recipe. Enjoy Middle Eastern food and learn how to make Middle Eastern Lamb Stew.

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.

Servings: 8 servings, about 1 cup each
Prep Time: 40 mins
Total Time: 4 hrs 15 mins

Ingredients:

1 1/2  pounds boneless lamb stew meat, (shoulder cut) or 2 1/2 pounds lamb shoulder chops, deboned, trimmed and cut into 1-inch chunks
1  tablespoon olive oil, or canola oil
4  teaspoons ground cumin
1  tablespoon ground coriander
1/4  teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4  teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
1 large or 2 medium onions, chopped
1  28-ounce can diced tomatoes
3/4  cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
4  cloves garlic, minced
1  15- or 19-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed
6  ounces baby spinach

Directions

1. Place lamb in a 4-quart or larger slow cooker. Mix oil, cumin, coriander, cayenne, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Coat the lamb with the spice paste and toss to coat well. Top with onion.
2. Bring tomatoes, broth and garlic to a simmer in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Pour over the lamb and onion. Cover and cook until the lamb is very tender, 3 to 3 1/2 hours on high or 5 1/2 to 6 hours on low.
3. Skim or blot any visible fat from the surface of the stew. Mash 1/2 cup chickpeas with a fork in a small bowl. Stir the mashed and whole chickpeas into the stew, along with spinach. Cover and cook on high until the spinach is wilted, about 5 minutes.

Tip:
MAKE AHEAD TIP: Prepare the stew, omitting the spinach, cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 4 months. Add spinach after the stew is reheated. | Prep ahead: Trim lamb and coat with spice mixture. Chop onions. Combine broth, tomatoes and garlic. Refrigerate in separate covered containers for up to 1 day.

Nutrition information
Calories 319, Total Fat 15 g, Saturated Fat 5 g, Monounsaturated Fat 6 g, Cholesterol 92 mg, Sodium 494 mg, Carbohydrate 15 g, Fiber 5 g, Protein 30 g, Potassium 238 mg. Daily Values: Vitamin A 25%, Vitamin C 30%, Iron 20%. Exchanges: Starch 0.5,Vegetable 1,Lean Meat 3. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Recipe from eatingwell.com

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