Slow Cooker Lamb Stew

A hearty lamb stew with root vegetables, simmering broth and herbs, and great flavor, perfect for fall. The amount of vegetables can vary, sometimes I like more carrots in a serving or might choose more potatoes. This recipe is usually made for 2 with leftovers the next day but it can feed more. Serve with a side of rice if desired.

Prep Time: 1/2 hour

Cooking Time: 6 to 8 hours

Servings: 2-4

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 celery stalks
  • 2-4 carrots
  • 1-2 parsnips
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 small or 1 large rutabaga
  • 2-4 potatoes
  • 1/2-1 onion
  • 2 bay leaves, whole
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. basil
  • 3 cups vegetable or chicken broth or water
  • 1 to 2 lbs lamb stew meat or shoulder cut in 1 inch chunks
  • Flour for thickening the stew
  • Olive oil for frying

Equipment:

  • Slow cooker
  • Measuring spoons
  • Frying pan or cast iron skillet
  • Chopping knife, wooden spoon
  • Small bowl for mixing flour with water
  1. Chop celery stalks, carrots, parsnips into bite-sized chunks. Mince the garlic. Chop rutabaga(s) and potatoes into 1 inch chunks. Chop onion. Cut lamb shoulder (if you’re using it instead of lamb stew meat) into 1 inch chunks.
  2. Turn stove to high, and place 1 Tbsp. olive oil into the pan. Fry the onion until slightly browned, then add the celery, carrots, parsnip, and garlic. Fry for a few minutes longer, don’t let the vegetables burn. Place all vegetables into the slow cooker.
  3. Fry lamb meat on high until well-browned, then place into the slow cooker. Add the bay leaves, pepper, and basil. Add the 3 cups of broth or water and set the slow cooker to low for 6 hours of cooking minimum. The longer the stew cooks the more the meat tenderizes and flavors meld.
  4. About a half-hour before the stew finishes, mix 1/4 cup flour with enough water to make a slurry. If you want to thicken your stew, add the flour-water slurry 1 Tbsp. at a time and stir after each addition. Taste and continue until your desired thickness is achieved. Serve in bowls warmed, with a side of rice or dinner rolls.

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