A classic dish, crisp & delicious. The egg and cheese batter forms a crisp crust which seals in all the sweetness of the lamb. The secret is to flatten the chop slightly. These chops can be prepared ahead of time, but should be fried at the last moment as they tend to dry out.
12 single rib chops
Salt and black pepper
±50g grated parmesan/pecorino
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup dried breadcrumbs
Oil for frying
Parsley, finely chopped
1 lemon, quartered
- Flatten the eye of the chop with a meat mallet and season lightly with salt and pepper (do not over season as the cheese is also salty).
- Sprinkle the cheese and breadcrumbs onto 2 separate plates, and the beaten egg into a flat bowl. Turn the chops in the cheese, shake off any excess, then dip them immediately into the egg, again allowing the excess to flow back. Lastly turn them in the breadcrumbs, again coating both sides and tapping off any excess. (The chops can be prepared up to this point, up to 4 hours ahead and then placed in the fridge, in a single layer, covered.)
- Heat the oil in a frying pan and once very hot. Season the chops with salt and pepper, and fry as many chops at one time as will fit loosely in the pan. As soon as a golden crust has formed on the one side, turn and fry the other side (±4 minutes per side). Once cooked transfer to a warm dish.
- Garnish with parsley, and serve immediately with lemon on the side.
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