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Definition: Sweetbreads

The thymus glands of veal, beef, and pork. There are two glands, one near the heart (which is considered more delicious) and one near the throat.

Look for white, plump, and firm sweetbreads, and use within 24 hours of purchase. To remove the outer membrane, the glands are normally soaked in salt water before being cooked.

They can be prepared a variety of ways and are sometimes used to make pate.


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SublimeChica SublimeChica 8 years
Me too, Shoneyjoe! I've never had them before, but I heard I'm missing out. I'll try everything once...
Tami715 Tami715 8 years
I've never tried these, but it just doesn't sound good to me. I'll pass...
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 8 years
Something about these always makes me think Hannibal Lecter. In a good way, of course! mmm...
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
when i was younger i thought that sweet breads were just that - some type of bread and i was all into the thought of having them until i was told what they really are - and now there's NO chance that i would have them. aside from being a veggie- i think that it's juts a part of an animal that i'm not meant to eat.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 8 years
Tried and I'll pass.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I like the Argentine version a lot.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 8 years
They are definately an acquired taste but I love them. I had always had them sauteed like a scalopini but I have recently had them in Argentine restaurants and they are fried.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
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