Recipe: Lamb stew with squash and mint
Leg of lamb becomes meltingly tender as it braises in a slow cooker. You can save yourself some work by buying cubed lamb, either shoulder or leaner leg.
- 3 lb boneless leg of lamb
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 onions, chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tbsp dried mint
- 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper
- 1-1/2 cups sodium-reduced beef broth
- 2 cups cubed (1 inch/2.5 cm) peeled butternut squash
- 1 can (19 oz/540 mL) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1/4 cup tomato paste
- 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp hot pepper sauce
1 Trim lamb and cut into 1-inch (2.5 cm) cubes. In large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat; brown lamb, in batches. Transfer to slow cooker (5- to 6-quart (5 to 6 L) slow cooker).
2 Drain fat from skillet. Fry onions, garlic, mint, salt and pepper over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until onions are softened, about 5 minutes. Scrape into slow cooker.
3 Add half the broth to skillet; bring to boil, scraping up brown bits from bottom of skillet. Scrape into slow cooker along with remaining broth, squash, chickpeas and tomato paste. Stir to combine.
4 Cover and cook on low until lamb is tender, about 6 to 8 hours. Skim off fat. Move meat and vegetables to 1 side of slow cooker.
5 Whisk flour with 1/4 cup (50 mL) of water; whisk into liquid in slow cooker. Stir to redistribute ingredients.
6 Cover and cook on high until thickened, about 15 minutes. (Make-ahead: Let cool for 30 minutes. Refrigerate, uncovered, in airtight containers until cold. Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 1 month.)
7 Stir in parsley, lemon juice and hot pepper sauce.
Makes 6 servings.
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Excerpted from Canadian Living: The Slow Cooker Collection by Elizabeth Baird The Canadian Living Test Kitchen Copyright © 2009 by Elizabeth Baird The Canadian Living Test Kitchen. Excerpted by permission of Transcontinental, a division of Random House of Canada Limited. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.