Lamb Lollipops

By: Hannah Lee Leidy

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Serves 2 as an appetizer


  • For the pistachio-mint pesto:

  • ½ cup pistachio kernels
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons tightly packed mint leaves
  • 1 tablespoons tightly packed parsley leaves
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

  • For the black pepper honey:

  • ½ cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons coarse cracked black pepper

  • For the chimichurri:

  • 1 bunch cilantro leaves
  • 1 bunch parsley leaves
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • For the lamb lollipops:
  • 5 (2- to 3-ounce) lamb chops
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons pistachio-mint pesto
  • 2 tablespoons chimichurri
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper honey
  • Feta crumbles
  • 2 tablespoons toasted pistachio kernels
  • 5 mint leaves
  1. Make the pistachio-mint pesto: Combine pistachio kernels, lemon juice, mint leaves, parsley leaves, and 1/3 cup water in a food processor and process until thoroughly combined. Slowly drizzle in oil and process until smooth. Season to taste and set aside.
  2. Make the black pepper honey: In a small saucepot, heat 2 tablespoons water until it steams. Add honey and black pepper, stirring to combine. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Make the chimichurri: In a blender, puree cilantro, parsley, red wine vinegar, and canola oil. Add red pepper flakes and garlic and process until combined. Set aside until ready to use.
  4. Make the lamb lollipops: Prepare a grill for high heat. Season lamb chops with salt and pepper. Grill over flame until medium-rare, about 3 minutes per side.
  5. To assemble: Spoon the pistachio-mint pesto onto one side of a plate and use a spoon to swipe it across the plate. Place the lamb chops over the pistachio-mint pesto, propping them over each other. Drizzle the black pepper honey and chimichurri over the lamb chops. Garnish with feta, pistachio kernels, and mint leaves.
  • From Jacob Weaver and David Esquibel, Group Therapy, Hotel ZaZa, Austin, Texas

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