Italian Regional Recipes Secondi Piatti: Meat, Fish, Eggs, Cheese

Lamb Spareribs with Hazelnut Breading

The Italian region of Piedmont is famous for its delicious hazelnut cultivar, the ‘Tonda Gentile del Piemonte’: these hazelnuts are so appreciated all over the world that they constantly rank as the most expensive ones on international markets. It’s not surprising then that the most famous hazelnut product in the world, Nutella, is produced by a firm that was originally located in Piedmont!

This recipe is a classic of the Piedmontese tradition: a quick preparation for a delicious combination of crunchy breading and super tender meat.

Serves: 2 | Preparation time: less than 10 mins | Cooking time: 10 mins

  • Lamb riblets, about 3 bones per riblet: 2 (about 1.2 kg in total)
  • Hazelnuts: 50 g
  • Breadcrumbs or old bread: 50 g
  • Eggs: 2
  • Butter, unsalted: 2 tbsp
  • Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO): 2 tbsp
  • Salt: to taste


Coarsely chop the hazelnuts and mix them with the breadcrumbs in a bowl.

Tip: Make sure to thoroughly mix the breadcrumbs with the chopped hazelnuts; the more you stir them together, the more the hazelnut’s oil combines with the breadcrumbs to form a thicker, crunchier breading.

Beat up the eggs in another bowl.

Cut the riblets inbetween the bones, so as to separate each bone in its individual chop (see above a picture of the final result). Dip each chop in the eggs, then roll it in breadcrumbs and hazelnut mixture until it is evenly coated.

Heat up the butter and the oil in a frying pan and fry each chop for about 10 minutes.

These spareribs taste the best when they are still slightly rare inside.

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  1. I never would have thought to pair lamb with hazelnut, but it really is a delicious flavor combo!

  2. I love the simplicity of this recipe, the flavor and texture added to the lamb is so perfect!

  3. This is such a great recipe! I love cooking lamb so your addition of hazelnut has really opened up my tastebuds! I can’t wait to make this over the holidays again!

  4. I love that this recipe is so simple but makes such a flavorful dinner! I made this for my parents last week and they thought I was so impressive and fancy! Thanks for the great recipe!!

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