Hazelnut Crusted Lamb Chops

February 3, 2011

The trip to Italy was filled with all sorts of fun things – visits to cheese factories and wineries, olive oil tastings, lots of food shopping and a few cooking lessons thrown in fom good measure. One such cooking lesson was held at Academia Barilla, where all of us donned chef hats and aprons and got working under the tutelage of Chef Matteo Carboni.

We made ourselves a 4 course meal, and the menu for our dinner read:

  • Artichoke cream with procini mushrooms and goat cheese
  • Swiss chard tortelli
  • Lamb chops with hazelnut crust served with endive and spinach timballo
  • Sbrisolona almond cake and Zabiaone.

What I was especially excited about were the lamb chops. One, because I think I don’t cook enough meat. And two, because there is no way I’d pass up an opportunity to work with hazelnuts.

The recipe for the hazelnut crusted lamb is really straightforward, and rather quick to make.  The hazelnut crust was a definite winner – I began nibbling on bits and bobs of the crust initially for a quick taste-test, but I couldn’t stop after that. One thing I’d do differently – bake the chops instead of frying to cut back on all that grease.

Cut the rack of lamb and trim the meat.
Hazelnut crusted lamb chops
Chop up the herbs
Hazelnut crusted lamb chops
Mix together the herbs, toasted bread crumbs and hazlenuts
Hazelnut crusted lamb chops
Beat the eggs. (Such yellow eggs!)
Hazelnut crusted lamb chops
Coat the lamb chops first with a little flour, then dip it in egg, and finally with the hazelnut mixture. Fry it.
Hazelnut crusted lamb chops
Plate it. Eat it.
Hazelnut crusted lamb chops

Lamb Chops with hazelnut crust

Serves: 4
Recipe source: Academia Barilla

600g lamb rack
20g parsley, chopped
20g marjoram, chopped
10g thyme, chopped
200g bread (a day old)
100ml olive oil
120g hazelnuts, chopped
2 eggs, beaten
flour for dusting
salt to taste
100g butter

  1. Cut and trim the lamp chops of the excess fat. Set aside.
  2. Sauté the herbs and bread crumbs in a little olive oil (about a tablespoon). Stir in the hazelnuts.
  3. Now, dust the lamb chops with flour, then dip them in the eggs and finally coat them with the hazelnut mixture. Line the coated pieces of lamb chops in a plate until they are all ready to be fried. Season with salt.
  4. Heat a pan, add the remaining olive oil and butter and cook the lamb chops until golden brown on either sides, about ten minutes.

    This trip to Italy was sponsored by the Italian Government and the EU as a part of the European Art of Taste (EAT) Program.

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1 Vidya February 3, 2011 at 8:13 PM

That menu sounds just totally fab!
And I need to get over my fear of cooking chops…gotto try this one….
Do please share the other recipes…

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2 Michelle February 3, 2011 at 8:35 PM

I love lamb but rarely cook meat at home. We have been wanting to make a lamb dish lately and this will fit the bill.

Thanks for sharing!

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3 kellypea February 3, 2011 at 8:50 PM

I’ve been thinking of making lamb. We don’t have it often, but when we do I always enjoy it. This recipe sounds really good — love hazelnuts!

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4 Priya February 4, 2011 at 12:13 AM

Inviting chops,soooo tempting..

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5 Apeksha February 4, 2011 at 4:51 AM

10 minutes, really? I’ve always found giving lamb so much more time to cook before it’s palatable. Love the crust.

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6 Pranita February 4, 2011 at 11:54 AM

Lovely pics Shaheen as always…You truly inspire me..Keep up the great work!

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7 jenn February 4, 2011 at 6:44 PM

hmmm looks fab!!!!!

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8 Lael Hazan @educatedpalate February 5, 2011 at 12:59 AM

We adore lamb chops in our family. The younger and more tender the better. Lovely photos!

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9 foodies at home February 6, 2011 at 6:53 AM

Great crust! I did something similar on a rack of pork before…Really great recipe!

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10 shalx February 9, 2011 at 8:53 PM

I am trying this tonight, but baking them instead :)
thanks for the awesome recipe!

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11 The Purple Foodie February 9, 2011 at 8:56 PM

That’s fantastic! Do let us know how it worked out for you. :)

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12 melissa @IWasBornToCook February 11, 2011 at 12:48 AM

I’m always looking for new ways to prepare lamb. This looks great!

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