Moroccan Lamb Stew With Dried Cherries and Lemon Recipe

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Moroccan Lamb Stew With Dried Cherries and Lemon
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  1. Rehydrate the cherries in a bowl with about a cup of warmed stock. Let soak until needed.
  2. In a large, heavy saute pan, heat 2 T olive oil with 2 T butter over high heat. Season the lamb with salt and pepper and saute in batches, not overcrowding the pan, so all sides are browned. Transfer to a large saucepan or casserole. Continue this process until allo the lamb is well browned.
  3. Reheat the saute pan over medium-high heat. Add olive oil and saute the onions to translucent, about 10 minutes. Add the spices and cook until the aromas start to come up, 2-3 minutes. Deglaze with some of the stock and add this to the pan with the lamb. Add the remaining stock and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 45 minutes. Add the rehydrated cherries with their soaking liquid and the preserved lemon (or lemon zest). Continue cooking for about 15-20 minutes more, or until the lamb is very tender. Add the honey and season to taste with additional salt and pepper.
  4. Serve over couscous, mixed with a few chopped Kalamata olives. Top with toasted sesame seeds and enjoy with a glass of Cabernet Franc.
  5. Notes:
  6. This dish has A LOT of butter. By mistake, I only used 2 T, in stead of 1/2 cup Next time, I wouldn't use any at all. There is enough olive oil & liquid from the lamb to sufficiently cook the lamb without the butter. This will cut calories by A LOT, too!
  7. I toasted the ground coriander in a frying pan until it was smoky & fragrant.
  8. I used beef broth, and lemon zest.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 1286.55 Kcal (5387 kJ)
Calories from fat 972.96 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 108.11g 166%
Cholesterol 267.47mg 89%
Sodium 410.49mg 17%
Potassium 824.17mg 18%
Total Carbs 20.61g 7%
Sugars 13.26g 53%
Dietary Fiber 2.83g 11%
Protein 56.49g 113%
Vitamin C 4.3mg 7%
Vitamin A 0.2mg 6%
Iron 4.3mg 24%
Calcium 159.2mg 16%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 225.19 Kcal (943 kJ)
Calories from fat 170.3 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18.92g 166%
Cholesterol 46.82mg 89%
Sodium 71.85mg 17%
Potassium 144.26mg 18%
Total Carbs 3.61g 7%
Sugars 2.32g 53%
Dietary Fiber 0.49g 11%
Protein 9.89g 113%
Vitamin C 0.8mg 7%
Iron 0.7mg 24%
Calcium 27.9mg 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 34.2
  • 35

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low sodium

Bad Points

  • High in Total Fat

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