I really enjoy trying different stews and casseroles, especially the ones that allow the freedom to experiment and seasonings to taste. What works well for one family doesn’t always work for the next!

 

Poor Man’s Lamb Stew

 

As with most stews, many ingredients can be substituted or left out completely in the following. This is a hearty stew, and served with a warm bread of your choice,  it’s a real family pleaser!

Poor Man’s Lamb Stew

You will need:

Crockpot or oven ready kettle
2#’s lamb, cubed in 1 inch pieces (may substitute with beef)
1 medium eggplant
4-5 medium potatoes
5-6 medium tomatoes (may use canned, just decrease water by 1/2 cup)
2 medium green peppers
4 medium onions, cut in quarters
1/4 #butter
Allspice to taste
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 C of water

Directions:

Cube all veggies (about an inch)

Starting with 2 tbls of butter, braise lamb or beef until brown, add butter as needed. Add vegetables and spices and 2 cups water. Stir, cover and cook on med., med. lo in crockpot. If you prefer using an oven, cover and cook on 350* for 45 minutes, until liquid has mostly evaporated….remove cover in the last 10 minutes to help with evaporation. (It’s stew…not soup). Everything should be nice and tender and ready to eat. Only you know your crockpot, so cooking time varies. The less liquid, the more “stew-like”

This is great over rice, too, white, brown or pilaf.

Optional ingredients:

Celery
Carrots
Green beans
Corn

Experiment! Try your favorite vegetable in any stew or soup you make. Remember, too that with seasonings like Allspice, start out with a small amount and wait a few minutes …taste, and add more as needed.

Relax, and enjoy!