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Rack of Lamb with Figs Recipe

Rack of Lamb with Figs Recipe

I've been making rack of lamb for years. My grandma gave me this recipe because she knew how much I love figs. And the toasted walnuts sprinkled on top give it just the right touch. —Sylvia Castanon, Long Beach, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 45 min. YIELD:6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 racks of lamb (2 pounds each)
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup port wine or 1/2 cup grape juice plus 1/2 cup reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 10 dried figs, halved
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted

Directions

  • 1. Rub lamb with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Place meat side up on a rack in a greased roasting pan. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 45-60 minutes or until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a thermometer should read 145°; medium, 160°; well-done, 170°).
  • 2. Remove to a serving platter; cover loosely with foil. Add 1 cup water to roasting pan; stir to loosen browned bits from pan. Using a fine sieve, strain mixture; set drippings aside.
  • 3. In a small saucepan, saute onion in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in cornstarch until blended; gradually add the wine, drippings, figs, pepper and remaining salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, uncovered, until figs are tender and sauce is thickened, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • 4. Sprinkle walnuts over lamb; serve with fig sauce. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 273 calories, 11 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 33 mg cholesterol, 332 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 13 g protein.

Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.