I love making soups, but Andrew and I were getting tired of all my old standbys. I hit Google, and before I knew it, decided to make lamb stew. From there, I decided to seek out a recipe that let me make a savory stew in my slow cooker, and behold, I found one! I did make some changes, because the recipe on A Crock Cook seemed like it could use some tweaking. I would definitely recommend the changes I made!
I had a LOT of mashed potatoes left over from a previous meal, and this stew was perfect served over them - so hearty, warm, and satisfying. Of course, only Andrew ate his that way. Me, being the Queen of Divided Plates, enjoyed one bowl of buttered mashies and one bowl of lamb stew. In my defense, it was still delicious!
adapted from A Crock Cook
2 lbs. lamb stewing pieces
1/2 c. AP flour
1 tbsp. ground coriander seed
1 tbsp. sweet paprika
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium onion, sliced
28 oz. chicken stock
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 c. plain yogurt
2 c. packed spinach
leftover mashed potatoes, cooked egg noodles, or whatever carb you want to serve your stew over
Flour the lamb pieces. The smart way to do this would be in a plastic zip-top bag. The Amy way to do this would be to toss them around on a paper plate with flour on it, eventually knocking the plate and some lamb pieces on the floor and all over yourself.
Clean that mess up. Now, brown the lamb pieces in batches in a little olive oil over medium-high heat. Remove to a plate as the pieces finish cooking.
In the slow cooker, combine all ingredients except the yogurt and spinach. Cook on low 8-10 hours. In the last 30 minutes to an hour of cooking, stir in the yogurt and the spinach.
To serve, spoon warmed mashed potatoes into a bowl.
Ladle the lamb stew over the potatoes and serve.
This stew is a warm, hearty meal. Being able to cook it in a crock makes it a super simple choice for weeknight dinners. It's something a little different than beef stew with carrots or chicken noodle soup. I adore soups and stews, and I'll continue to seek out new and interesting recipes and share them with you.