The key to holiday entertaining = only serving impressive but simple food! And guess what, this lamb lollipops recipe is just that! The ingredient list is small, the hands-on time is low, but the WOW factor is grand! These beautiful “lollipops” are a great hearty dish to serve alongside the yummy appetizers at your holiday party.
Dijon Crusted Lamb Lollipops Recipe
Makes: 6 servings
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
2 garlic cloves, smashed
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, minced
1 teaspoon fresh thyme
pinch cayenne pepper
coarse sea salt
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
6 lamb chops, about ¾-inch thick
In a small bowl, combine the garlic, Dijon, rosemary, thyme, cayenne, a sprinkle of sea salt and olive oil.
Place the lamb chops in a large bowl and season with salt and pepper. Then rub with garlic rosemary mixture, making sure all sides of the lamb chops are covered. Cover and move to the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, preferably 2.
Remove the chops from the refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature; this should take about 20 minutes.
Add a drizzle of olive oil to a grill pan and turn to high heat until almost smoking. Once very hot, add the chops and sear for about 2 minutes. Flip and cook for another 3 minutes for medium-rare and 3 ½ minutes for medium.
Remove from heat and let rest 5 minutes. Repeat for remaining chops.