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Crockpot Lamb Stew

I picked up bone-in lamb for stew meat at the grocery store imagining the rich, flavorful stew I could make from it. Of course, I didn’t actually have a recipe though. I knew I could do this in my crockpot on one of our busy evenings. When it came time to look for a recipe, I came across this one by Munchie Musings. Originally I thought I would defer the whole dredging in flour and browning, but after reading her compelling arguments on the additional flavor I changed my mind.

My vegetable choice had to do more with my family and my own personal tastes than anything else. Potatoes, onions and carrots are standard stew vegetables, but I enjoy mushrooms and my oldest daughter is a huge fan of fingerling potatoes, especially after she grew them last summer. So, I did fingerling potatoes, baby carrots, baby bellas, pearl onions and parsnips (recipe recommended the last two). I wasn’t sure what my girls would say about the parsnips, but they didn’t even notice them. They must have thought they were white carrots or another type of potato.


2 pounds bone in lamb meat


Fresh cracked pepper

1/2 cup flour

2 tablespoons olive oil

12 oz bottle Guiness

1 1/2 cups fingerling potatoes

1 cup baby carrots

1 cup baby portabellas

2 med parsnips, peeled and chopped

3 cups water

3 chicken bouillon cubes

1/2 teaspoon thyme

2 tablespoons cold roux (olive oil and flour)


1. Cut lamb meat off bone and into bite size pieces


2. Toss lamb meat with flour, Adobo and pepper

3. Heat olive oil in large pan and saute lamb meat until brown


4. Once all meat has been browned, brown bones



5. Deglaze pan with Guiness, scraping bits off the bottom of pan

6. Put lamb, bones, beer, scrapings and all vegetables in crockpot



7. Season vegetables with Adobo, pepper and thyme


8. Cook on low for 6.5 hours, until the meat falls off the bone and vegetables are tender

9. Add roux and let sit on warm for another 30-60 mins



I got exactly what I expected.  A rich, hearty stew with tender meat and perfectly cooked vegetables.


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