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Moroccan Lamb Stew

By
Melanie Stuparyk
Photography by
Tracy Cox
When you're through with roasted bird, try a little sweet heat. Dried fruit and fresh herbs make this hearty slow-cooker dish festive and fresh-tasting.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp  (30 mL)  packed brown sugar
  • 2 tsp  (10 mL)  PC black label Harissa Spice Blend
  • 2 tsp  (10 mL)  ground cumin
  • 1 tsp  (5 mL)  paprika
  • 1/2 tsp  (2 mL)  cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp  (2 mL)  ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp  (2 mL)  each salt and pepper
  • 1/4 tsp  (1 mL)  cayenne pepper
  • 4 lb  (1.8 kg)  boneless lamb leg or shoulder roast, cut in 1-1/2-inch (4 cm) cubes
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can  (28 oz / 796 mL) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 3/4 cup  (175 mL)  reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2/3 cup  (150 mL)  dried apricots, coarsely chopped
  • 2/3 cup  (150 mL)  dried dates, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup  (125 mL)  all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup  (60 mL)  packed chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup  (60 mL)  packed chopped fresh mint
  • 1/3 cup  (75 mL)  almond slices, toasted

Preparation

1. In large bowl, whisk together sugar, spice blend, cumin, paprika, cinnamon, ginger, salt, pepper and cayenne; add lamb and toss to coat. Cover, refrigerate and let marinate for at least 1 hour or up to 4 hours.

2. Transfer lamb to 6-qt/6 L slow cooker, scraping in marinade mixture; stir in onion, garlic, tomatoes and broth. Cover and cook on low until lamb is tender, 7 to 8 hours, stirring in apricots and dates 30 minutes before end of cooking time.

3. Using slotted spoon, transfer lamb, onion, garlic, tomatoes, apricots and dates to platter; cover and keep warm. In large glass measure, whisk 1/2 cup/125 mL water with flour until smooth; whisk into cooking juices in slow cooker. Cover and cook on high until thickened into gravy, 20 to 30 minutes.

4. Return lamb, onion, garlic, tomatoes, apricots and dates to slow cooker; stir in half of the cilantro and half of the mint. Transfer to serving dish; garnish with almonds and remaining cilantro and mint.
If dealing with a food allergy, intolerance or sensitivity or special dietary needs for a medical condition, always check the label of processed foods (including spices and condiments) to ensure that they’re free of potentially harmful ingredients. If you have any doubt about a product’s ingredients, contact the manufacturer.
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Fresh Juice: Winter 2013

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