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Braised Lamb with Black Mission Figs

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Quick Facts

Servings: 8
Prep Time: 35 min.
Cook Time: 60 min.
Total: 1 hr. 35 min.
Black Mission Figs, plumped with wine, enhance the earthy sweetness of slowly braised lamb.


  • 2 oranges
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed, divided
  • 4 teaspoons cracked peppercorns, divided
  • 4 cups red wine, divided
  • 2-1/2 pounds American Lamb boneless shoulder or leg, trimmed and cut into 2-inch cubes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 cups dried black mission figs, stems removed
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley


  • Prepare two seasoning packets. Using a potato peeler, peel large pieces of skin from orange. Divide orange peel, garlic, thyme, and peppercorns into 2 cheese cloth packets. Tie to secure.
  • In large bowl, combine 1/2 cup wine and 1 seasoning packet. Add lamb, refrigerate and marinate for 4 hours.
  • Drain lamb, discard marinade and seasoning packet. Season lamb with salt and pepper.
  • In large oven-proof pan with cover, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Brown lamb in portions adding more oil as needed and set aside.
  • Saut onion and carrots for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add lamb, remaining 3-1/2 cups wine, chicken broth, second seasoning packet and figs. Bring to a boil.
  • Cover and braise in 300 F oven for 45 to 60 minutes. Remove from oven, discard seasoning packet. Sprinkle with parsley. Tip: Pre-cut lamb stew meat can be used in this recipe.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 390
  Calories from Fat 101 (26%)
(17%)Total Fat 11g
(16%)Saturated Fat 3g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
(31%)Cholesterol 92mg
(5%)Sodium 116mg
(24%)Potassium 850mg
Total Carbohydrate 23g
(15%)Dietary Fiber 4g
Sugars 15g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(61%)Protein 30g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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