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Moroccan Lamb Stew

Many people assume that wrinkled, sticky dates are a dried fruit, much like prunes or dried apricots. In fact, regular dates are fresh fruits that acquire many of the same characteristics as dried fruit (thin skin, extreme sweetness) because they are grown in the desert. This recipe calls for dried dates. You will find this specialty food sold chopped and often covered with flour to prevent sticking. They act as a perfect sweet foil to highly spiced lamb stews.
Average Customer Rating:
3.667 out of 5
3.7
 out of 
5
(3 Reviews) 3
2 of 3(67%)reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
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Review 1 for Moroccan Lamb Stew
1 out of 5
1 out of 5
,GA
April 10, 2016
Ability level:Advanced
Cooks for:3 to 5 people
Cooks:Every day
Would You Recommend? No
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1of 2found this review helpful.
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Needs help
April 10, 2016
I have made braised lamb many times, with many cuts of lamb...shoulder, shank, leg and loin chop, using Indian, Moroccan, Mexican, and Italian recipes.
This recipe needs help. The seasonings are off (beware the saffron...the recipe calls for way too much) and add up to a bland, mushy dish.
Check out the New York Times recipe for Morrocan Lamb Shank tagine (also cooked with dates) for a real lamb treat, adaptable to a stew.
Review 2 for Moroccan Lamb Stew
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
,Davis
,CA
July 11, 2014
Ability level:Advanced
Cooks for:3 to 5 people
Cooks:Every day
Would You Recommend? Yes
+3points
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Delicious mystique
July 11, 2014
I love me some stew and make a basic stew often during colder months, but during summer I'm always looking for a lighter or more interesting variant than beef and potatoes. This recipe hit the mark precisely. I used leg of lamb and added some potatoes and a handful of raisins for variety, and soaked the dates in zinfandel before they went in. I just simmered on the stove until desired thickness and covered, didn't bother with the oven.
Finished product: the meat was superbly tender and full of flavor. The stew has a wonderful variety of flavors that unfold during each bite, and a very appealing aroma; it's hard to stop at one bowl. Eat with your favourite flatbread!
Review 3 for Moroccan Lamb Stew
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
,San Antonio
,TX
January 7, 2012
Ability level:Advanced
Cooks for:3 to 5 people
Cooks:Once a week
Would You Recommend? Yes
+4points
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A Good Diversion from Your Ordinary Stew
January 7, 2012
Great recipe. The dates, while unusual, added great flavor. Be sure to get dates, and not prunes. Big difference! I also added some potatoes.
Pros: Easy, Appearance, Adaptable, Will Make Again