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Veal kidneys? (sometimes offal isn't so awful)

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pasuga Nov 12, 2007 06:41 PM

My family background is partly English - I'm the only person I know who grew up thinking sauteed veal kidneys and mushrooms in bechamel was a big treat for Sunday breakfast.

Does anyone know a reliable source?

Please don't suggest the North End. I lived there for 20 years and was a regular customer of the butcher shops the entire time. They're wonderful. never had problems ordering any kind of chicken, beef, lamb, veal as scallopine or a roast, but the couple times I asked about veal kidneys they suddenly got a little deaf or had problems with my English.

I've checked out the Super 88 in Allston a couple times but have only seen pork kidneys.

Thanks!

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    marilees RE: pasuga Nov 12, 2007 06:53 PM

    Are you looking for veal kidney dishes or raw veal kidneys? Petit Robert Bistro in South End had veal kidneys as a special during lunch a couple of weeks ago, but I didn't try it, so I have no idea how it is... good luck!

    1. Infomaniac RE: pasuga Nov 12, 2007 06:56 PM

      I'd try some of the Halal food stores in your area. Maybe Cheema's Supermarket in Allston could help you out.

      1. Aromatherapy RE: pasuga Nov 13, 2007 04:49 AM

        I just saw some at Somerville Market Basket but I don't think they have them reliably. Likewise I've seen them at Savenor's but not always. I'd call one of the fancier butcher shops.

        1. Gio RE: pasuga Nov 13, 2007 05:15 AM

          I'm surprised the NE butchers do not sell veal kidneys. My Italian mother prepared them frequently. It was a simple dish... sauted in EVOO with onions, garlic,pancetta, mushrooms... white wine sauce.... I want some Now!

          1. ScubaSteve RE: pasuga Nov 13, 2007 05:22 AM

            i've seen kidneys (they were small, i'm assuming they were lamb or veal) at C-Mart in ChinaTown.

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              9lives RE: ScubaSteve Nov 13, 2007 06:09 AM

              C mart usually has pork kidneys. Taiwan Cafe has a good prep w/sesame oil/..#11 on lunch specials.

              Was in Sulmona this AM..They no longer get them; the veal hind quarters are coming in without kidneys...maybe a special order?

              I've seen them at Savenor's..but I'd call first to confirm or special order.

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                ScubaSteve RE: 9lives Nov 13, 2007 07:06 AM

                then these were pretty small kidneys, about 3" in length. i always think of pork kidneys as being a bit larger.

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                  pasuga RE: ScubaSteve Nov 13, 2007 03:21 PM

                  Thanks all! I will try C-Mart.

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