I was picking figs from a neighbor's tree. The branches hung over my fence allowing me to pick those ripe black figs for breakfast this morning. After picking a bowl, I thought about how I would eat the bountiful harvest!
I love the traditional recipe of Lamb and Prunes and thought I could substitute the prunes for figs. Figs are jam-like sweet with a chewy skin. They are like candy and addicting. I hope I have enough for this recipe!
Lamb and Figs
2 large onions, diced
3 cloves of garlic (use as much as you like)
1/8 cup of olive oil
3 - 4 lbs of boneless lamb, cubed
1 cup of chicken stock (homemade is better)
1-1/2 cups of California Merlot or dry red wine
3 Tbsp of Balsamic vinegar
1 heaping tsp dried mustard
1 heaping tsp ground cumin
1 heaping tsp coriander
pinch tsp cinnamon
pinch ground ginger
pinch chili flakes
salt to taste
10 fresh figs cut in half
brown sugar to taste (optional)
hot rice for side dish
Add figs and brown sugar (go easy on this one since figs are very sweet). As the mixture reduces, the lamb will take on a nice sweet glaze. Test for tenderness with a fork. Serve immediately with rice.