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Lamb and Dried Apricot Stew

This aromatic stew is even better the next day, once the spices have had time to really infuse the meat with flavor. Serve with a simple green salad dressed with a lemony vinaigrette.

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 100 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 1/2 lb. (750 g) boneless lamb shoulder, trimmed and cut into
      1-inch (2.5-cm) cubes
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper, plus more, to taste
  • 2 cups (16 fl. oz./500 ml) chicken broth
  • 1 can (14 1/2 oz./455 g) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (8 3/4 oz./270 g) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup (2 oz./60 g) dried apricots, halved
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 Tbs. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • Salt, to taste


In a large, heavy pot over medium-high heat, warm the olive oil. Working in 2 batches, add the lamb and cook until browned on all sides, 6 to 8 minutes per batch. Transfer to a bowl.

Add the onion and garlic to the pot and sauté until soft, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the cumin, coriander, cayenne and the 1/4 tsp. black pepper and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Add the broth and bring to a simmer, stirring to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pot. Add the tomatoes, chickpeas, apricots, cinnamon stick and lamb and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover partially and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the lamb is tender and the stew thickens, about 1 1/4 hours.

Stir in the parsley, season with salt and black pepper and serve immediately. Serves 6 to 8.

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Soup of the Day, by Kate McMillan (Weldon Owen, 2011).