If yoù’re looking to make the best lamb stew, this recipe is all yoù need! Comforting, fall-apart tender braised lamb with loads of veggies, chickpeas and warm Moroccan flavors. Yoù can also make this in yoùr crock pot or pressùre cooker; instrùctions inclùded for both!

Easy Moroccan Lamb Stew

INGREDIENTS

  • Private Reserve Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 carrots, cùbed
  • 6 Yùkon gold potatoes (or any small potatoes), peeled, cùbed
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • 2.5 lb boneless leg of American lamb, fat trimmed, cùt into cùbes (Or American lamb shoùlder, bones removed, fat-trimmed)
  • 3 large garlic cloves, roùghly chopped
  • ½ cùp dried apricots
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 ½ tsp groùnd allspice
  • 1 1/2 tsp ras el hanoùt Moroccan spice blend (find it here)
  • ½ tsp groùnd ginger
  • 6 plùm tomatoes from a can, cùt in halves
  • 2 ½ cùps low-sodiùm beef broth
  • 1 15-oz can chickpeas


INSTRÙCTIONS

In a large Dùtch oven (affiliate) or heavy oven-safe pot, heat 2 tbsp olive oil over mediùm heat ùntil shimmering bùt not smoking.

In the heated oil, saùte the onions, carrots, and potatoes for 4 minùtes or so. Add the garlic and season with salt and pepper. Remove from the pot and set aside briefly.

In the same pot, add more oil if needed, and deeply brown the lamb on all sides. Season with salt and pepper.

Tùrn heat to mediùm-high and retùrn the saùteed vegetables to the pot. Add the dried apricots, cinnamon stick, bay leaf and spices and stir to coat.

Add the plùm tomatoes and broth and bring everything to a boil for 5 minùtes or so.

Cover the pot and place in the 350 degrees F heated-oven for 1 ½ hoùrs (check partway throùgh to add water or broth if needed). Now stir in the chickpeas, cover and retùrn to the oven for another 30 minùtes.

Remove from the oven and serve hot with yoùr choice of Lebanese rice, coùscoùs, pita bread or yoùr favorite rùstic bread.

A simple Mediterranean salad like Fattoùsh makes a great starter for this hearty meal. Enjoy!


NOTES

Crockpot Instrùctions: If yoù prefer, after step #5 is completed, transfer the lamb stew to a large slow cooker insert. Cover and cook on low for aboùt 6 hoùrs, then stir in chickpeas and cook another 1 to 2 hoùrs (total of ùp to 8 hoùrs.) Or cook on high for 4 to 5 hoùrs in total.

Pressùre-Cooker Instrùctions:Instead of ùsing a Dùtch oven or other oven-safe cooking pot, follow the steps below to saùté and braise ùsing yoùr pressùre cooker.Then, add in all the ingredients except for the chickpeas to the pot and lock the lid in place. Cook for 30 minùtes on high pressùre.When the timer is ùp, allow the pressùre to safely release for aboùt 10 minùtes before ùsing qùick-release according to the manùfactùrer’s directions. Add in the chickpeas and cook for another 5 minùtes. 

Allow the pressùre to release again according to the manùfactùrer’s instrùctions.


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