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Crispy Lamb Chops

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Introduction

The joy of these, particularly, is that they are wonderful eaten cold as well, their pink juiciness trapped within their eggy parmesan coating. If you don't have any stale bread to hand for making the breadcrumbs, then just split open some pitta breads, leave them a short while - even half an hour will do - to dry out and then tear them up and blitz them in a processor.

The joy of these, particularly, is that they are wonderful eaten cold as well, their pink juiciness trapped within their eggy parmesan coating. If you don't have any stale bread to hand for making the breadcrumbs, then just split open some pitta breads, leave them a short while - even half an hour will do - to dry out and then tear them up and blitz them in a processor.

Crispy Lamb Chops
Photo by Petrina Tinslay

Ingredients

Serves: 4

Metric Cups
  • 10 lamb chop cutlets (with bone in)
  • 175 grams fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 10 grams grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 large eggs (beaten with salt and pepper)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • olive oil (for frying (not extra virgin))
  • 10 lamb chops (with bone in)
  • 3½ cups fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 large eggs (beaten with salt and pepper)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • olive oil (for frying (not extra virgin))

Method

  1. Remove the thick layer of fat from around the edge of each little chop, either by tearing it off by hand, or with a pair of scissors. Be careful not to lose the shape of the chop, though, or it will fall to pieces on frying.
  2. Layer the chops between two sheets of clingfilm, and beat them vigorously with a mallet or rolling pin so that they are flattened a little.
  3. Then, in a wide, shallow bowl, combine the breadcrumbs and parmesan, and put the seasoned eggs in another bowl.
  4. Pour some olive oil into a frying pan, to come about 1cm / ½ inch deep, and put it on the heat. Dip the lamb chop cutlets first in the eggy mixture and then press them well in the cheese and breadcrumbs before frying them in the hot oil. Cook the chops for about 3 minutes each side: they should be a deep golden brown and crunchy outside, within a still tender pink.
  5. Eat them as they are, left to get to room temperature or even cold: there is no way these are anything less than compulsively delicious.
  1. Remove the thick layer of fat from around the edge of each little chop, either by tearing it off by hand, or with a pair of scissors. Be careful not to lose the shape of the chop, though, or it will fall to pieces on frying.
  2. Layer the chops between two sheets of clingfilm, and beat them vigorously with a mallet or rolling pin so that they are flattened a little.
  3. Then, in a wide, shallow bowl, combine the breadcrumbs and parmesan, and put the seasoned eggs in another bowl.
  4. Pour some olive oil into a frying pan, to come about 1cm / ½ inch deep, and put it on the heat. Dip the lamb chops first in the eggy mixture and then press them well in the cheese and breadcrumbs before frying them in the hot oil. Cook the chops for about 3 minutes each side: they should be a deep golden brown and crunchy outside, within a still tender pink.
  5. Eat them as they are, left to get to room temperature or even cold: there is no way these are anything less than compulsively delicious.

Additional Information

If you don't have any stale bread to hand for making the breadcrumbs, then just split open some pitta breads, leave them a short while - even half an hour will do - to dry out and then tear them up and blitz them in a processor.

If you don't have any stale bread to hand for making the breadcrumbs, then just split open some pitta breads, leave them a short while - even half an hour will do - to dry out and then tear them up and blitz them in a processor.

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What 5 Others have said

  • Looks lovely have seen her do it on her cooking show, this lady is a domestic goddesss, will try these over the weekend...

    Posted by Doris1964 on 13th May 2016
  • I raise my own lamb and decided to try this recipe since I had quite a few chops left over. Wonderful recipe. I don't usually use fresh breadcrumbs and thought this made the dish.

    Posted by Collieflowerwv on 8th June 2015
  • This is just brilliant! I make a tomato relish that goes beautifully with this

    Posted by miltonthemonsta on 10th April 2014
  • I've used this for pork chops instead of lamb and it's really yummy. My hubby who doesn't normally like pork chops polished off the whole thing.

    Posted by vixentasha on 25th October 2011
  • Have seen this yesterday over TV.. Will try it out soon.. Anyone tested in?

    Posted by gopituty on 21st June 2011
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