Lamb, Fig and Caramelized Onions Sandwich with Balsamic Glaze

Tender, rosy slices of lamb fillet, sweet figs, peppery arugula, caramelized onions and a drizzle of balsamic reduction – this unique blend of flavors makes this lamb sandwich truly memorable! an open Lamb sandwich topped with sliced figs, arugula, caramelized onions and drizzled with balsamic reduction, served on a black tabletop

 YOU GUYS! This is super-exciting-sandwich time! Just the thought of this top-notch lamb sandwich makes me happy, I’m not kidding. Food can do things like that. It’s powerful!

Let’s calm down for a minute and let me tell you the story of my new favorite sandwich. About a month ago, a lovely reader commented on this old post for Prosciutto, Fig, Pesto and Arugula Sandwich to tell me how much she loved it.

To be honest 1. I had completely forgotten about this one and 2. I couldn’t agree more with her, this sandwich is just a killer! Over the next few weeks, as I was brainstorming new ideas for the blog, this recipe kept coming back to my mind over and over again.

I had to something about it. For some reason, fig, red meat and arugula work SO WELL together! So naturally, I kept this winning combination in mind and whipped up something a little bit different…

close-up of Lamb sandwich topped with arugula, caramelized onions and drizzled with balsamic reduction, served on a black tabletop

And now I’m happy to present to you my Lamb Sandwich with fresh figs, sweet caramelized onion, peppery arugula and a homemade Balsamic Glaze! A super long title, I know, but I feel every single ingredient makes this lamb sandwich special so they all deserve to be in there!

I’m usually not a big fan of lamb because most cuts are too strong for me but lamb backstrap is another story. It has to be the most tender meat I’ve tasted! Just delicious on these lamb sandwiches as it almost melts in your mouth! It’s not cheap but it’s well worth it if you ask me.

Now, if you’ve followed me for quite some time, you might know that I avoid gluten as much as I can. I’m luckily not allergic but it gives me a tummy ache and it makes me foggy.

It doesn’t mean that I don’t like pasta or bread, because trust me, I do! I just don’t feel super good afterwards. So why post a recipe with bread, you ask? Well, because this lamb sandwich is totally worth it! If that’s not a proof of its yumminess, I don’t know what is 😉 Enjoy!

an open Lamb sandwich topped medium rare lamb slices, figs, arugula, caramelized onions and drizzled with balsamic reduction, served on a black tabletop

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Lamb, Fig and Caramelized Onions Sandwich with Balsamic Glaze

Tender, rosy slices of lamb fillet, sweet figs, peppery arugula, caramelized onions and a drizzle of balsamic reduction - this unique blend of flavors makes this lamb sandwich truly memorable! 

Course Main Course, Snack
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword arugula, balsamic reduction, caramelized onions, easy, figs, gourmet, lamb, lunch, meal prep, sandwich
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 2 open-face sandwiches
Calories 349 kcal

Ingredients

Caramelized onions

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 large yellow onions cut into thin slices
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 3 tbsp water or more as needed

Balsamic Glaze

  • 1/2 cup good quality balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp molasses you can also use honey

Lamb

  • 5 oz lamb backstrap 140 g, also known as lamb fillet or lamb loin
  • 1 tsp ground smoked paprika
  • 1/8 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/8 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • olive oil spray

Remaining ingredients

  • 1 Turkish pide roll cut in half lengthwise (or your favorite top quality roll)
  • 1 cup arugula rocket packed
  • 2 large figs stem removed, thinly sliced, each slice then cut in half

Instructions

Caramelized Onions

  1. Heat olive oil in a non-stick skillet (preferably with a thick bottom) over medium heat. When hot, add onions and stir to coat them with oil. 

  2. After one minute, add a pinch of salt and stir again. Reduce to low heat and cook onions for 30 to 40 minutes, stirring often to make sure they don't stick to the skillet and burn. 

  3. You can add a tablespoon of water from time to time to make sure the onions stay moist (I used 3 tablespoons). Be patient! Do not turn the heat up to speed up the process, you'd only end up with burned onions. Instead, you want sweet, super tender onions that will melt in your mouth. When onions are ready, remove from the skillet and set aside.

  4. While onions are cooking, prepare the rest of the recipe.

Balsamic glaze

  1. Mix together balsamic vinegar and molasses (or honey if using) in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook until it has reduced by half and has thickened (this can take 10 to 20 minutes depending on your burner). Set aside to cool.

Lamb

  1. In a small bowl, combine paprika, coriander, cumin and salt. Pat dry the piece of lamb and rub generously with the spices.
  2. Heat a grill pan (or a regular pan if you don't have one) on medium-high. When hot, spray with olive oil and add lamb. Cook for about 1-2 minutes on each side, or to your liking. Cooking time will depend on the thickness of the cut and how you like your meat. Backstrap is a very lean cut that will get tough if overcooked. I like mine very rare.

  3. Remove from the pan and transfer on a cutting board. Let the meat rest for a few minutes then cut it into thin slices.

Sandwich

  1. Toast the bread. Drizzle each half with a little bit of olive oil, top with caramelized onions, then arugula, fig pieces and lamb slices. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

We've eaten this sandwich as an "open faced" one, with just one bottom bread and no top. Feel free to use the other half and make yourself a complete sandwich!

Nutrition Facts
Lamb, Fig and Caramelized Onions Sandwich with Balsamic Glaze
Amount Per Serving (1 open face sandwich)
Calories 349 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 46mg 15%
Sodium 500mg 21%
Potassium 603mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 45g 15%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 23g
Protein 19g 38%
Vitamin A 16%
Vitamin C 12.9%
Calcium 8.4%
Iron 14.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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1 Comments
  1. This is the lunch sandwich of my dreams! I love lamb (also on the rare side) and the flavour combo could not be more perfect! The perfect balance of sweet and savoury!

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