This lamb lollipop recipe is a fun and delicious take on lamb chops that will satisfy all of your meaty cravings. The lamb is seasoned beautifully with fresh herbs and pan seared to create an incredible golden brown crust. And the best part is that these lamb lollipops only take about 20 minutes from start to finish to make.
I find this lamb dish is the perfect entree to serve at dinner parties to impress my guests with. Typically, I like to serve these lamb lollipops alongside some roasted veggies and mashed potatoes and I always get rave reviews. The dish looks like it took me hours without all of the work.
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Why this recipe works
It uses common ingredients. I usually have all the ingredients for these lamb lollipops in my pantry at any given time. Spices like salt and pepper and fresh herbs like rosemary and parsley make up the bulk of the flavor in this dish.
It's easy to make. Not only does this dish take less than 30 minutes to make, it's also super easy. After seasoning the chops with salt and pepper, you simply cook the meat on both sides, and serve up a golden brown lamb lollipop that is sure to please.
Great party appetizer. You can dress this dish up or down and serve it as an incredible party appetizer. The lamb is cut in such a way that you can hold the bone and take a bite with just one hand and hold a drink in the other.
- Lamb chops- bone in, a lean cut of meat.
- Olive oil- or another neutral oil, helps the lamb become golden brown.
- Seasonings- salt and pepper, to taste.
- Fresh herbs- parsley and rosemary, chopped fine.
- Salt and pepper- to enhance the meaty flavor of the lamb.
- Flakey salt- finishing salt to enhance the flavor, optional.
How to make lamb lollipops
Step 1: Prepare the lamb. Place the lamb lollipops in a large pot or bowl. Season lamb chops with the salt and pepper, fresh rosemary, and parsley. Toss the chops in the seasonings until they're well coated.
Step 2: Cook the chops. Heat a heavy bottom skillet, cast iron works well here, at high heat. Add the olive oil to the pan. Once the oil is hot, add the chops and cook on both sides.
Step 3: Serve and enjoy! When done, transfer the lamb to a serving dish. Just before serving add additional fresh herbs and serve with a sprinkle of sea salt.
- It's a good idea to take the lamb out of the fridge 20-30 minutes prior to cooking. Cold lamb does not form a delicious sear like a room-temp lamb does.
- Take the lamb out of the pan 5-10 degrees sooner than your desired temperature. It will continue to cook as it rests.
- Using a meat thermometer is an easy way to gauge what temperature your meat is at.
- Allow the lamb to rest for up to 10 minutes after cooking. This allows the juices to absorb back into the meat.
How to store and reheat leftover lamb lollipops
In the fridge: You can store any leftover lamb lollipops in the fridge for up to 3 days. Transfer the leftovers to an airtight container and place them in the fridge.
In the freezer: You can freeze lamb lollipops in a freezer bag or airtight container for up to 3 months.
Reheating: Defrost frozen lamb chops in the fridge overnight before reheating. To reheat thawed lamb lollipops, stick them back into a heavy bottomed skillet and heat until they're warm throughout.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are lamb lollipops?
Lamb lollipops are cut from a rack of lamb ribs that resemble lollipops. The bone is the "stick" that you can hold and bite off the juicy meat.
What temperature should I cook the lamb to?
This is totally up to you and your preferred doneness. Anywhere from 125 degrees (rare) to 145 degrees (well) is the usual range.
What can I serve these lamb lollipops with?
You can make these lamb lollipops a complete meal by serving them alongside delicious roasted veggies like these incredible Honey Brussel Sprouts, these candied carrots, or this delicious Asparagus Casserole.
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- 8 lamb chops, bone in
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 3-4 Tbsps fresh parsley
- 3-4 Tbsps fresh rosemary
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Flakey sea salt (for finishing)
- Place the lamb lollipops in a large bowl. Season lamb chops with a little olive oil, salt and pepper, fresh rosemary, and parsley. Toss the chops in the seasonings until they're well coated.
- Heat a heavy bottom skillet at high heat and add olive oil.
- Once it’s hot, add the chops and cook on both sides for 5-8 minutes
- Just before serving top with flakey salt.
Serving Size:1 Lollipop
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 200Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 156mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 16g