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Lamb is one of my favourite meats. I mean, I would serve it every week if I could. So when I saw these lamb lollipops at Loblaws, the wheels started turning with all the different ideas for using them. They are small portions and because of the way they are cut – like lollipops on a stick – they would be perfect for a party. No toothpicks or skewers needed; just grab one by its own little built in handle. Or for a dinner party as part of a tasting menu – the portion sizes are just perfect for that too. Of course, they’re fun for jazzing up an everyday family dinner too. And that’s just what we did!
This is such a simple recipe but when I gave one to my daughter to try, she looked at me with that foodie look of love and said, “This is amazing.” I had to agree.
Grilled Lamb Lollipops with Garlic and Herb Rub Marinade
In a food processor, blend together 2 cloves of garlic, 1 tablespoon of fresh rosemary, 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, 1 teaspoon fresh basil and 2 tablespoons of olive oil pulsing until it forms a paste. (Hint: if fresh isn’t available, you can use the tubes of pureed garlic and herbs. You don’t even need to use a food processor in that case. Simply stir together!)
Season the lamb lollipops on both sides using sea salt or Fleur de Sel and fresh cracked pepper.
Rub this paste on both sides of the lamb lollipops. Cover the lamb and place in the refrigerator for 1 hour to marinate. Remove from the fridge and let the lamb come to room temperature before grilling (about 15-20 minutes).
You want your grill or grill pan to be smoking hot. I greased mine ever so slightly just to prevent the rub from sticking. Sear the lamb quickly, about 1 minute on each side, to get it nice and browned. Continue cooking for another 2 to 2 1/2 minutes for medium-rare, an additional 30-45 seconds for medium.
It’s as easy as that! One of the things I love about lamb is that it has such a richness of flavour and these Welsh lamb lollipops were incredibly tender and delicious. And this month, they are available at Loblaws as one of their monthly food alert items.