Had originally planned another recipe to share with you today, but after enjoying this meal on Friday night – I had to share it with you guys ASAP. I’d had it on my list since I saw it in the Lee Brothers cookbook, and couldn’t wait to make it. We have a couple of fig trees (bushes?) in our yard, which produce two crops of giant, juicy figs a year. Once in the early summer, once again in the fall. They aren’t the traditional dark-skinned Mission fig that you usually find in the store, either. They have a very pithy white skin, that usually proves a bit complicated when going to make something like preserves with them, and I end up having to give them a peeling first. Didn’t matter for this dish, they just cooked right down into a delicious gravy.

And the Madiera. My God. I’m sold on this stuff as a marinating liquid! The pork has a relatively quick 1 hour soak in the Madiera, then is seared off in a cast-iron pan and finished off in the oven. Madiera is a sweet, fortified wine that I always have hanging out in my liquor cabinet. Great for a quick deglaze, and after-dinner drink, or a marinade. The sugars in the wine helped to give the most gorgeous caramelized crusts I’ve ever seen on a hunk of meat. No joke. Then, you add the marinade to the pan, along with the figs – and put it all in the oven for about 20 minutes. What comes out is sheer perfection. I served with some steamed broccoli and garlic rice pilaf. If you have figs available to you – whether in your back yard, or at the grocery store – add this to your menu plan. I can’t wait to make it again!


  1. Posted July 11, 2012 at 9:33 AM | Permalink

    This has been on my list to make ever since I bought that cookbook 3 years ago. Now I’m really dying to make it!

  2. Posted July 11, 2012 at 12:44 PM | Permalink

    It sounds *so* good!

  3. Lorie Abell
    Posted August 20, 2012 at 7:41 AM | Permalink

    Have you ever tried wrapping proscuitto around figs as an appetizer or quick snack? Salt/sweet cravings satisfied and much healthier in the end!!! Taking advantage of the harvest on my neighbors tree. Yummy!

    Keep up the great work!

    Have a super day,

    • Laura
      Posted August 20, 2012 at 8:24 AM | Permalink

      Yes, love that! A classic. Cantaloupe also!

  4. Stephanie
    Posted September 23, 2012 at 6:03 PM | Permalink

    Sounds fantastic Laura! When it cools off here I will try it… Until then we are mostly doing gnashing platters or something on the grill. I miss my fig tree but love the avocado trees at my friends house.

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