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Coffee-rubbed lamb "lollipops"

Recipe by:Executive Chef Aaron Anderson
Harlow's, San Juan Capistrano


  • 2 racks lamb (see note)
    Coffee rub
    1/4 cup coarsely ground coffee
    1/4 cup ancho chilis, pre-ground,
    or seeded, stemmed and ground
    1/4 cup brown sugar
    1/4 cup Spanish paprika
    1/4 cup granulated garlic
    1/4 cup kosher salt
    Cayenne, to taste (optional)


Combine rub ingredients and aggressively rub onto lamb, everywhere but the bones. Roast in a 400-degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until desired doneness.

Allow meat to rest for 3 to 5 minutes, then slice between each bone and present on a platter. If you wish, serve with aïoli (flavored mayonnaise) or other dipping sauce.

Note: Chef Anderson suggests selecting racks that weigh less than 1 lb. so your "lollipops" aren't too large. Ask your butcher to remove any sinew if you don't wish to do so yourself.

Makes 14

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