Lamb Skillet with Eggplant and Fig

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Sweet figs and seasonal eggplant pair up in this lamb skillet dinner.

The day after we returned from our Wisconsin vacation, I was a little at loose ends when it came to cooking. Our refrigerator was almost completely empty; its condiments an eerie throwback to when we were poor college kids. Since it was Sunday, I went over to the farmers’ market, hoping to be inspired.

Honestly, I still felt lost staring at the bins of fresh veggies, but I grabbed some tiny eggplants, zucchini, and tomatoes, thinking that at the very least I’d be able to make ratatouille again.

That idea got pushed aside when I saw that lamb stew meat was available (truthfully, I was hoping for the lamb cheeks that were advertised on the board, but they weren’t actually in stock). After grabbing some fresh figs at the co-op, it was on.

Lamb Skillet with Eggplant and Fig - Ingredients

You know those things that hang around your house, beautiful but mostly unused? In my house, that would be the Le Creuset cast-iron skillet my husband bought for me last year. I adore it, but have only used it about 5 times.

If that. One of my goals in cooking is to use everything I have more, from my stocks of jam to spices to kitchenware. Turns out the skillet was perfect for creating this dish – I’ll have to get the stepladder and pull it down more often.

Lamb Skillet with Eggplant and Fig - A quick Mediterranean inspired dinner brought together by end-of-summer produce and succulent lamb.

This dish is a bit sweet, but if you don’t have small children sharing dinner, throw a few dashes of chile pepper in. Serve it over couscous or rice, if you like.

Lamb, Eggplant, and Fig Skillet Meal

Lamb Skillet with Eggplant and Fig

Figs and eggplant make this lamb skillet unexpected.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 4
Calories 413 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound lamb stew meat
  • 1-2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 pound eggplant, diced
  • 1/2 pound fresh black mission figs, quartered
  • 1 cup quartered cherry tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Instructions

  • In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high. Brown lamb on all sides, then remove to a plate and keep warm.
  • Deglaze the pan with balsamic vinegar, scraping up any stuck bits. Add the onions and eggplant, and saute for about 5 minutes. Add the figs and tomatoes, then return meat to the pan.
  • Mix the spices together in a small bowl and stir evenly into the vegetables and meat. Cook another 10 minutes, until liquid starts to evaporate a bit. Finish with lemon juice and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 413 kcalCarbohydrates: 32 gProtein: 40 gFat: 14 gSaturated Fat: 4 gCholesterol: 122 mgSodium: 616 mgFiber: 6 gSugar: 23 g
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3 Comments

  1. Oh yes, please!!! I have *got * to stop reading food blogs when I’m hungry! This sounds just fine… love me some lamb and you *know* how I feel about figs. Mmmmm…

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