Fresh figs cooked with red wine provide the perfect foil for rich lamb rib chops.
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1/4 cup finely chopped shallots
8 ounces fresh Brown Turkey or Black Mission figs, stemmed and cut into pieces
3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
1/2 cup shiraz or other spicy red wine
1/4 cup unsalted chicken stock
1 bay leaf
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon cider or balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
12 (3-ounce) lamb rib chops, trimmed
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 400°.
Heat a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil; swirl to coat. Add shallots; cook for 7 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Add figs; mash with a potato masher to break them up. Cook for 3 minutes or until figs start to break down, stirring frequently. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper.
Increase heat to medium-high. Add wine; boil for 1 minute. Stir in stock and bay leaf. Reduce the heat to medium-low; simmer 10 minutes or until sauce thickens, stirring occasionally. Add honey and vinegar; simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat; discard bay leaf. Stir in rosemary; cover and keep sauce warm.
Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Brush lamb with remaining 1 teaspoon oil; sprinkle evenly with remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add lamb to skillet; sear 2 minutes on each side. Place pan in oven; bake at 400° for 4 minutes (for medium-rare) or until desired degree of doneness. Remove pan from oven; remove lamb from pan. Let lamb stand for 5 minutes before serving. Serve with sauce.
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This dish is amazingly simple yet very elegant, and not to mention outstanding flavors! If you were to order this in a restaurant I would bet you would pay in the $25-$30 range. Try it you will not be disappointed!
The fig sauce is so, so delicious! I can't wait for this year's crops of figs to ripen, so I can make this again. I made the fig sauce as the recipe directed; however, we didn't cook the lamp chops in a skillet/oven. Instead, my husband grilled the lamb chops 4 minutes a side on a hot grill. Yum, yum!
The fig sauce was so good with the lamb. Finally! Something other than mint! I love lamb and mint as well, but it was nice to change it up. I had extra fig sauce left over that I will be pouring over some baked brie this weekend. Can we get a Hallelujah?
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