Grilled Lamb and Fig Skewers

5 Ratings
  • prep time 0 min
  • total time 50 min
  • serves 4
Grilled Lamb and Fig Skewers

Delicious lamb skewers with sundried fig and bulgur salad drizzled with fig tzatziki.

Grill, Lunch, Lamb, Main, Summer


Ingredients

Skewers

4 sprigs rosemary, 6 inches long

2 pounds lamb sirloin, cut into 1 inch pieces

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 teaspoons cracked black pepper

2 tablespoons olive oil

½ cup fig jam, see recipe below

1 lemon, thinly sliced into 8

2 figs, cut in half

4 bay leafs

Bulgur

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 onion, finely chopped

1 teaspoon ground coriander

1 cup coarse bulgur

2 sprigs thyme

1 bay leaf

2 cups boiling water

1 cup dried figs, cut into small pieces

Juice of 1 lemon

1 bunch scallions, finely chopped

¼ cup chopped parsley

¼ cup chopped mint

Salt and black pepper

Tzatziki

1 cup Greek-style yogurt

1 medium cucumber, peeled, halved and seeded, and grated

4 ripe figs, chopped

2 teaspoons salt

½ garlic clove, finely chopped

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 teaspoon lemon juice

½ teaspoon finely chopped mint

Directions

Skewers

1. To marinate the lamb, remove all the rosemary leaves from the branches, expect 2 inches from the top. Coarsely chopped the rosemary leaves that you removed from the branch. In a large bowl, season the lamb with the chopped rosemary, garlic, cracked pepper, olive oil and fig jam. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

2. To finish the lamb skewers, preheat your grill to medium-high. Skewer each piece of rosemary with the marinated lamb, lemon slices, bay leaves and a fig half. Season the skewers with salt and pepper. Grill and cook for 3 minutes on each side, rotating the skewers a few times to get even color.

Bulgur

1. In the meantime, make the bulgur pilaf. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat and cook the diced onions, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Add coriander sand the bulgur, and stir constantly for a few minutes until the bulgur smells toasty. Add the dried figs, thyme, bay leaf and water. Bring to a boil and cook for five minutes, then reduce the heat and simmer gently for about 25 minutes until the water has been absorbed. Remove from the heat Fluff with a fork, then stir in the lemon juice, scallions, mint and parsley. Season with salt and pepper. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Tzatziki

1. To make the fig tzatziki, in a medium bowl, sprinkle 2 teaspoons of salt over the grated cucumber and set aside for 20 minutes. Then squeeze the cucumbers to release as much liquid as possible. Discard the liquid. Stir the yoghurt, figs, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice and mint. Season with salt and pepper.

2. Spoon the warm bulgur salad onto a warm platter, and arrange the skewers on top. Spoon some of the tzatziki sauce over the lamb.

See more: Grill, Lunch, Lamb, Main, Summer

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