delicious lamb, dried fig and sheep milk cheese sandwiches

Photo: agneau sibon

 

These original and tasty sandwiches are a perfect surprise for anyone. The gentle sweetness of the dried figs and the perfumed marinade with olive oil are unbeatable. You have to try them.

 

Preparation time: 10 min

 

Cooking time: 10 min

 

Rest time: 15 min

 

 

Ingredients for 4 people: 

  • 400 g of lamb fillet
     
  • 1 handful of arugula
     
  • 4 sprigs of coriander
     
  • 2 sesame baguettes
     
  • 8 slices of sheep milk cheese
     
  • 8 dried figs El Pajarero

  

 

For the marinade: 

  • 1 teaspoon ginger powder
     
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
     
  • 1/2 lime
     
  • 30 cl olive oil

 

Preparation

1. First prepare the marinade; mix the olive oil with lime zest juice and the spices. Marinate the lamb filets and let them rest for 15 minutes.

 

2. Lightly fry the lamb steaks over high heat and drizzle them with the marinade. Continue cooking for 8 minutes over medium heat on both sides. Let the lamb cool down and slice them thinly.

 

3. Slice the bread and fill it with the arugula, cilantro, sheep milk cheese and diced dried figs Finish the sandwich by adding the lamb meat and enjoy.

 

 

Poperties of dried figs

 

A fig is a bulbous, soft and sweet fruit that comes from different kinds of Ficus trees. Figs are native to East Asia and the Mediterranean, but they can grow in dry or mildly humid climates, hence why places like Extremadura cultivate the best figs of all of Spain.

 

Dried figs contain hundreds of tiny edible seeds that are greatly appreciated by their texture and the nutrients they add to the fruit. They are consumed all around the world either fresh or dried and can be enjoyed as a tasty and healthy snack or be added to salty or sweet recipes

 

Five properties that dried figs offer

1) Reducing high cholesterol levels: A study carried out by investigators from the University of Rutgers discovered that dried figs are a great source of phenol and organic fatty acids Omega-3 and Omega-6, which have been proven to lower “bad” cholesterol LDL and the risk of heart disease
 
2) It contains more dietetic fiber than any other fruit: Figs provide 20% of your daily dose of fiber, which is more than any other fresh or dried fruit. Figs are particularly rich in soluble fiber like pecticine, which has been proven to be efficient in lowering cholesterol. A study published by The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found out that consuming soluble fiber often, especially pecticine, can help reduce the risk of heart disease.
 
3) Include dried figs in your 5 a day: Two dried figs count as a fruit serving in your 5 a day, the program that encourages people to have at least 5 pieces of fruit and vegetables everyday. The 5 a day program.
 
4) Powerful antioxidants: Dried figs are rich in antioxidants, which protect our cells caused by free radicals. A study published recently in Journal of the American College of Nutrition found out that the antioxidant properties in figs canceled out negative oxidizing stress in blood flow caused by corn syrup and the fructose found in sodas.
 
5) More benefits for your health: Dried figs are rich in potassium, calcium and magnesium which can help control blood pressure, encourage bone development and control sugar levels in your blood. Figs are also a good source of probiotics, which stimulate useful bacteria that live in our intestines and help our digestive system.

 

How to eat them?

Dried figs can be enjoyed as a delicious snack, since it provides many health benefits as stated before. The natural sweetness and unique texture also makes them into a great addition to sweet or savory meals. For an exceptional delicacy, try adding dried figs to goat’s cheese and caramelized onions. In this blog, you will find many recipes.

 

They can also be baked into breads, bread rolls and cookies, or minced in rice plates with meat.