Grilled Rack of Lamb With a Port Wine Fig Sauce

"This was a recipe I got from a fellow chef at a food show many years ago. And I admit, it has evolved quite a bit over the years, but still has the same flavor. I love to use fresh figs and rosemary which to me are the key. Most Whole Foods or a gourmet market usually have fresh figs. You can use dried figs, but the fresh really take it over the top. Now I have a Sams Club by me, so anyone else who does ... check out their rack of lamb. I get 2 racks 9 each monthly for a very reasonable price, half the butcher or grocery store. This makes having a elegant dinner for friends very affordable."
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Ready In:
24hrs 30mins
6 3 Chops per serving




  • Marinade -- Mix all the ingredients and rub over the lamb well. Put in 1 or 2 large baggies and seal and just let marinade over night. 24 hours plus is fine for this.
  • Fig Sauce -- Take 1/2 of the fresh figs and cut them up in quarters. In a small sauce pan on medium heat add the olive oil and then add the shallots, garlic, rosemary and figs. Cook five minutes until the figs are soft. Add the port wine and chicken broth. Simmer until reduced by about half on low/medium heat. About 10 minutes, the sauce with thicken on it's own.
  • Lamb -- I like to grill the lamb until nice and brown with good crusting on each side, about 5 minutes per side and then flip. Then I move to indirect heat to finish cooking. They don't take long. Another 5 minutes on the indirect heat and they should be done. Make sure you have a meat thermometer which is very important when cooking this. I like to remove my lamb at about 120 degrees and cover with foil. It will come up to 125 which is medium rare. You can remove it a bit earlier if you like it more rare. 125 seems to work perfect for me each time. Remove and cover with foil to let set 10-15 minutes before carving.
  • Sauce -- Add the fresh figs to the reduced sauce to heat up, the butter and a dash of the balsamic vinegar.
  • Serve and Enjoy -- I like to serve 2-3 chops per plate and I love to serve this over a mix of mashed parsnips and potatoes or even some roasted spuds. Then drizzle the fig sauce over the lamb and some on the potatoes.
  • Fresh sauteed kale is wonderful with this or some roasted brussels sprouts with a walnut butter. (Walnut butter -- just fine grind walnuts and mix with butter, melt and serve over green beans roasted brussels sprouts, and grilled cabbage or cauliflower). Very easy and very flavorful.

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<p>Growing up in Michigan, I spent my summers at my cottage in the Northern part up by Traverscity. On a lake, big garden which had all the vegetables you could imagine. My mom taught school, so summers were our vacation time. Gramps and I fished all the time so fresh fish was always on the menu, perch, blue gill, walleye and small and large mouth bass. At age 5 I learned how to clean my own fish and by 10 I was making dinner, canning vegetables and fruits, making pies and fresh breads. Apples fresh picked every fall, strawberries in June and July, Cherries at the Cherry Festival in Traverscity. So fresh foods always were a big part. Mom worked as a teacher during the year so dinner was more traditional with pot roasts, meatloaf, etc, but it seemed we always had fresh fruits and vegetables as part of the meal. Mom also didn't use as many spices as I do, but times were different back then. <br /> <br />So ... My motto is ... There is NO Right and NO Wrong with cooking. So many people thing they have to follow a recipe. But NO ... a recipe is a method and directions to help and teach someone. Cooking is about personal tastes and flavors. I love garlic ... and another person may not. I like heat ... but you may not. Recipes are building blocks, NOT text ground in stone. Use them to make and build on. Even my recipes I don't follow most times --They are a base. That is what cooking is to me. A base of layer upon layer of flavors. <br /> <br />I still dislike using canned soups or packaged gravies/seasoning ... but I admit, I do use them. I have a few recipes that use them. But I try to strive to teach people to use fresh ingredients, they are first ... so much healthier for you ... and second, in the end less expensive. But we all have our moments including me. <br /> <br />So, lets see ... In the past, I have worked as a hostess, bartender, waitress, then a short order cook, salad girl in the kitchen, sort of assistant chef, head chef, co owner of a restaurant ... now a consultant to a catering company/restaurant, I cater myself and I'm a personal chef for a elderly lady. I work doing data entry during the day, and now and then try to have fun which is not very often due to my job(s). <br /> <br />I have a 21 year old who at times is going on 12, aren't they all. Was married and now single and just trying to enjoy life one day at a time. I'm writing a cookbook ... name is still in the works but it is dedicated to those people who never learned, to cook. Single Moms, Dads, or Just Busy Parents. Those individuals that think you can't make a great dinner for not a lot of money. You can entertain on a budget and I want people to know that gourmet tasting food doesn't have to be from a can of soup or a box, and healthy food doesn't come from a drive through. There are some really good meals that people can make which are healthy and will save money but taste amazing. So I guess that is my current goal. We all take short cuts and I have no problem with that - I do it too. I volunteer and make food for the homeless every couple of months, donating my time and money. I usually make soup for them and many times get donations from a local grocery stores, Sams Club, Walmart etc, with broth, and vegetables. It makes my cost very little and well worth every minute I spend. Like anyone, life is always trying to figure things out and do the best we can and have fun some how along the way.</p>
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