This was delicious, although I cheated and put it all in the slow cooker (including the peppers but minus the flour or oil) without even browning the meat. Still, the flavor was there and, not having had it with the browned meat, we didn't know what we were missing anyway! After it cooked on low for 7 hours, I separated the solids and the liquid so I could add some cornstarch and make the sauce just a bit thicker. Brilliant and perfect for being sopped up with crusty bread. We loved this and I WILL make it again in the exact same way. Next time I will add more veggies.
Cider-House Lamb Stew
Apple-cider marinade tenderizes the lamb and lends a subtle sweetness to this stew.
Yield: 8 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups stew)
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Amount per serving
- Calories: 416
- Calories from fat: 23%
- Fat: 10.5g
- Saturated fat: 3g
- Monounsaturated fat: 3.6g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 2.5g
- Protein: 33.6g
- Carbohydrate: 46.1g
- Fiber: 4.2g
- Cholesterol: 91mg
- Iron: 5.4mg
- Sodium: 476mg
- Calcium: 44mg
- 3 1/2 pounds boned leg of lamb
- 4 cups apple cider, divided
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
- Cooking spray
- 2 cups chopped onion
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 1/4 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
- 1/2 cup dry vermouth or white wine
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 4 (3 x 1-inch) lemon rind strips
- 3 bay leaves
- 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
- 1 1/2 pounds potato, cut into 1-inch pieces (about 5 cups)
- 1 1/4 cups (1-inch-thick) sliced carrot
- 1 1/2 cups (1-inch) pieces green bell pepper
- 1 1/2 cups (1-inch) pieces red bell pepper
- Trim fat from lamb, and cut lamb into 2-inch cubes. Combine lamb and 3 cups cider in a large zip-top plastic bag; seal and marinate in refrigerator 8 hours or overnight.
- Drain lamb, discarding marinade. Pat lamb dry with paper towels. Place flour in a large zip-top plastic bag. Place half of the lamb in bag, and seal bag, shaking to coat. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat; add lamb mixture, and cook for 5 minutes or until browned. Remove from pan. Add the remaining lamb to bag, and seal bag, shaking to coat. Repeat the procedure with 1 tablespoon oil and lamb.
- Heat pan coated with cooking spray over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; sauté 6 minutes. Return lamb to pan; add 1 cup cider, broth, and next 6 ingredients (broth through cinnamon). Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 1/2 hours or until lamb is tender. Add potato and carrot; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes. Stir in bell peppers; cook 5 minutes or until bell peppers are crisp-tender. Discard rind strips, bay leaves, and cinnamon stick.
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