Fig-Glazed Pork Souvlaki
Like most, I love to cook and bake with the freshest fruits and vegetables of the season. Summer is probably my favorite culinary season mainly because it is also what I like to call “fig season”. As we approach the end of summer my family’s fig tree is bursting with its final crop of the year.
The fig tree on my family’s property is a very special one. Growing up, my parents had a hugely overgrown Black Mission Fig tree in their back yard. I affectionately remember picking and eating fresh sun-warmed figs right from the tree while playing on the swing-set or swimming in the pool.
About 15 years ago during a back yard remodel my parents decided to remove the tree. I was a little devastated. How could this tree which held such a huge place in my childhood memory, be gone?
Soon after the tree was gone a family friend gifted my parents with a seedling. It arrived in a little black plastic pot with just 4 tiny leaves growing on a thin stem. This little seedling had just arrived from Kalamata, Greece. It was going to produce what I was told will be “green figs.” I was skeptical.
For about 10-years this little seedling grew across the yard in a different spot from where the Black Mission Fig tree once lived. Today it is a full-fledged tree, shaped round and tall just like the one I remember from my childhood.
Most every time I visit my parent’s property I walk around the tree to take inventory. Climbing the 8-foot tall ladder to reach the top fruit, twisting under and in between thick branches, enduring the sticky, itchy, milky liquid glue dripping from the stems I almost always emerge with a basket full of ripened fruit and then the fun begins: What will I bake or cook with these gems that is different and unique?
I like simple recipes and have found that the most well received meals that originate from my test kitchen are the ones that begin with simple, no fuss ingredients. This recipe for Fig-Glazed Pork Souvlaki is a simple one. I hope you enjoy.
- 6-8 ripe figs, processed in a food processor until smooth
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 pounds pork loin, cut into 1 ½ inch cubes
- Salt and pepper
- ¼ cup crumbled Feta cheese
- 1 tablespoon fresh mint, julienned
- In a small bowl, mix together fresh fig puree and water.
- Season the pork with salt and pepper and thread onto skewers. Brush with the fig mixture.
- Heat the grill or grill pan to high. Lightly oil the grill.
- Grill pork until browned and cooked through, about 10-15 minutes total.
- Turn skewers halfway through the process.
- Brush with the fig jam mixture while grilling.
- Transfer to a platter and cover with foil until ready to serve.
- Before serving, top with crumbled feta cheese and freshly chopped mint.
- Serve with quick broiled rosemary potatoes, grilled zucchini and fresh grilled figs.
©2016 by Alexandra Salidas Roll, Figs & Feta, LLC.
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