Here’s a kebab recipe for your next barbecue – grilled skewers of lamb and fresh figs with a sweet, spicy, minty glaze. The subtle sweet flavor of grilled figs is so delicious with the charred rich grilled lamb. The glaze takes it over the top.
This is one of my longtime favorite grilling recipes for spring and summer entertaining. It's easy and elegant. The lamb is accompanied by fresh seasonal ingredients - figs, spring onions, and mint. There's a magical combo of exciting flavors in this dish. The lamb and figs are seasoned with garlic and cumin, then brushed with a glaze of apricot preserves, crushed red pepper, and fresh mint, as they sear on the grill. The result is spectacular. This is a great party dish.
All the credit for this recipe goes to Chef Chris Schlesinger and Epicurious. I've made only minor modifications to the recipe since I first discovered it, ten years go. I reduced the salt, increased the cumin. I made the lamb cubes a bit larger because I find they're juicier that way. I added green onions to the skewers because I adore grilled onions, they go really well with grilled lamb and figs, and I love the way the kebabs look with bits of green and white to break up all the brown of the grilled lamb and figs.
HOW TO MAKE THESE LAMB AND FIG SKEWERS
Combine apricot preserves with vinegar and red pepper flakes. Simmer to thicken, cool, and stir in a quarter cup of chopped fresh mint leaves.
Combine lamb cubes and sliced figs with olive oil, cumin, coriander, garlic, salt and pepper.
Thread the lamb, figs and green onions onto 17-inch skewers
Grill the skewers for a few minute on each side, brushing with glaze towards the end of grilling time.
Serve grilled lamb and fig skewers with a simple salad of sliced tomatoes and cucumbers, drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with crumbled feta and chopped mint. Or serve with a side of cumin-spiced rice, crumbled feta and extra mint.
If your herb garden is overtaken with mint, as mine is, you might want to consider making these minty frozen mojitos to accompany your grilled lamb and fig kebabs - an exciting fusion of spicy Mediterranean kebabs with a frosty Caribbean cocktail.
And if you love grilled figs as much as I do, you will adore this appetizer recipe, grilled figs, prosciutto and burrata.
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