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Nov 29, 2012 11:19 AM

Lamb sirloin roast - use for stew?

We ordered a lamb sirloin roast from our local meat coop, but I'm not sure what to do with it. My husband invited another couple over for dinner, but seeing that the roast is only 1.5lbs, I'm not sure that would be enough as a standard roast for 4 people. So I started thinking about a stew, which usually requires less meat per person.

Question is, can I cup up the roast and use it for the stew? I know that generally the lamb shoulder or leg cuts are used. Just not sure how sirloin roast will translate to stew. I assume it could work, but figured I'd check in here. And if not, would 1.5lbs of meat suffice for 4 adults? Possibly serve it with a couscous bulked up with garbanzo beans or something - go the Moroccan route.

Thanks in advance.

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  1. You can use any meat for stew, good or bad.

    1.5 lbs is 24 ounces which is 6 oz each. A dietician will tell you that's plenty, and for a family meal it would be, but I wouldn't use up a whole roast in front of guests.

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    1. re: FrankJBN

      This was my concern - it is never good to barely make it, you know? Gotta love the husband for springing this on me last minute.

      So, stew it is. Thanks so much!

    2. Does it look anything like this:

      If so then 1.5lbs will be fine for 4 people, assuming that they're not all on the local rowing crew, and it's not the only course.

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      1. re: Robin Joy

        Nope, it is smaller and more "ball" shaped (not sure how else to describe it). I'd be horrified if there wasn't enough - both men tend to, uh, overeat when meat is involved.

      2. If you would consider a less formal dinner....then you could stretch the roast out by making Grilled Kabobs or Pita/Flatbread Sandwiches.