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October 23, 2013

Slow Cooker Moroccan Lamb Stew

Recipe for Slow Cooker Moroccan Lamb Stew
Slow Cooker Moroccan Lamb Stew



The temperature in my area dropped to the 40's today. I froze most of the day. I am not a cold weather person. While I love fall for the leaves turning colors, the baking etc I hate when the weather starts to turn towards winter. Growing up in Seattle it stayed mild most of the year. While it did get colder in the winter, it was no where near as cold as it gets here. When it hits into the single digits going to the bus stop with my oldest is just torture. Winter also brings about pneumonia and strep throat, just to name a few of the things that I have been fortunate enough to have the last two years (with hospital stays). I don't think my body was built for winter. My husband's is always turning the heat down since he roasts while I literally shake from being cold. I blame genetics, my dad is rail thin and freezes all winter also. Thanks dad.

One thing that I do love about colder weather is stew. There is something incredibly comforting about sitting down at the table with a giant bowl of steaming stew and a crusty loaf of bread. This week I tried a new recipe for Slow Cooker Moroccan Lamb Stew.
Cabell County Courthouse Huntington, WV
Cabell County Courthouse Huntington, WV

This recipe has 16 ingredients. It takes 8 hours and 30 minutes of total time, 30 minutes of which is active and makes 8-10 servings. I made a number of changes to the original recipe. My local grocery stores refuse to stock currants, so I substituted equal amounts of chopped raisins and dried apricots. I could not find my turmeric (sometimes spices hide in my cupboards or simply somehow disappear) so I left it out entirely. Since couscous is not gluten free I served the stew over white rice. While I know brown rice is better health wise, I just can't eat it all the time. When you can't eat gluten free brown rice can become a little bit monotonous so I allow myself white rice when I want it. Finally, as I have talked about before I make my own chicken stock. This way I can control the amount of salt in the recipe and it tastes so much better! I allowed the stew to cook on high for 6 hours and served it with homemade Irish soda bread.
Ritter Park Rose Garden Steps Huntington, WV
Ritter Park Rose Garden Steps Huntington, WV

Lamb stew is normally a hit in my household and this was no exception. The lamb cooked perfectly and the spices blended well. I did add cinnamon to the crock-pot along with the other spices listed in the recipe. I love the flavor of cinnamon with lamb and it was a nice addition. I used the same amount of cinnamon as the allspice, which worked out perfectly. I would recommend making this addition. Over rice this stew was delicious. It also re-heated well the next day served alone in a bowl with crusty bread. 

For the recipe go to Slow Cooker Moroccan Lamb Stew. 

The Huntington photos from today are from this summer. I wish it was that pretty today!! I miss the warm blue skies.

Slow Cooker Moroccan Lamb Stew


Recipe Type: Main
Summary:
A flavorful slowcooker recipe for Moroccan Lamb Stew. Great with a loaf of crusty bread during the fall and winter!
Preparation Time: 0h, 30m
Cooking Time: 8h, 0m
Total Time: 8h, 30m
Yield: Serves 8

14 comments:

  1. love this stew look delicious and love your shots!!

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    1. Thanks :) The stew turned out really yummy!

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  2. Today was the total opposite for us. It felt like we were in the middle of summer. I was so hot I wanted to head to a pool. I'm loving that lamb stew, I love lamb and actually have some in my freezer that I was thinking of making on Sunday. Maybe if I have all the ingredients I can try this. :)

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    1. I will trade you weather :) My family loves lamb too, it's delicious in stews!

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  3. Stew & other crock pot dinners are PERFECT for when the weather gets cold like this. It's been in the 40's here, too, and like you - I hate to be cold.

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    1. I agree that the crock-pot is great when the weather is cool! I'm already ready for spring :)

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  4. Looks so warming and delicious...perfect for chilly days!

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    1. Thanks :) It is a perfect chilly day recipe!

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  5. Sounds so yum! Bookmarked!

    Also, stopping by from Crafty Spices Hop to check out and grab an email subscription to your blog. Your blog looks great!

    Thank you for visiting and grabbing an email subscription on mine as well.
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    Have a great weekend! -gina

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    1. Going over to check out your blog now, have a great week!

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  6. I'm not a lamb fan but my husband is. I might make this for my hubby. I might add the stairs to my article on free stair parks but I have to find out if it is free to go there.

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    1. My husband is a huge lamb fan also :) The stairs are free, I have ran up and down them many times, it's a great workout! Our city has a great park system, especially for working out. They have built a whole trial system with various workout stations along the way. It's pretty nice.

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  7. I Love Moroccan food!..Im gonna bookmark this and share it on twitter ;).
    Be trying this next weekend :)

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    1. I love Moroccan food too, it has great flavors! Thanks for the share and I hope you like the recipe :)

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