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This was delicious and formed a great gravy along with the really tender meat. Only reason for 4 stars instead of 5 is that I thought it needed something starchy to help counter the sweetness. Next time I'll add some potato chunks and a little extra liquid at the same stage the carrots are added.
This is really good, and I don't even like beef stew much at all. The sweet and sour flavor is a great change of pace though. The only change I made was using a quartered onion instead of the boiling onions, which I've never heard of before. I also stretched the recipe out into four servings by serving it with kale-stuffed polenta, and it made for a great meal. [Tagged, made & reviewed in Please Review My Recipe]
DH said to rate this a 5+ star dish. It was comfort food at it's best. I did add some potato chunks (based on Karen67 review) and DH thought if it was served over noodles it should get 10 star's. I guess this is going in my best of 2009 cookbook. I added the potatoes during step 3 along with the onions. I also used beef chuck because we don't care for lamb.I think it should be called Sweet and Sour Stew...for three. There was plenty for three people. Thanks for posting. :)
This was my first time cooking lamb, and I will definitely be trying more lamb recipes. The meat was flavorful and the carrots & onions were the perfect compliment. I followed the recipe exactly, using the suggestion to quartering an onion instead of using boiling onions, and I left off the parsley (forgot...it smelled to so good!). I have to admit that I'm not the biggest fan of stew, but this is one that I did enjoy. I think that adding some potatoes would stretch the meal even farther, and would turn it into a complete meal.