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Where to buy sweetbreads

ecdopfel Nov 24, 2008 08:25 AM

I'm sort of turning into the offal girl.

Has anyone seen sweetbreads around Boston recently? In the past, I've found them at Whole Foods. But I've asked a handful of WF's meat departments about availability only to receive the answer of, "Let me transfer you to the bakery."


Holler back if you know of a place that has them in stock now! I think it's a little too late to special-order them, and, with any luck, my Thanksgiving paté is going into production tomorrow. Grazie!

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  1. rlove RE: ecdopfel Nov 24, 2008 03:20 PM

    The Butcher Shop (South End) has beautiful veal sweetbreads.

    Even if you don't see them out in the case, ask the butcher -- they usually have them downstairs.

    I had veal sweetbreads (in a morel mushroom cream sauce) at La Voile this weekend, and they were incredibly tender and delicious, so I've been thinking of cooking them up myself. Good luck!

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      9lives RE: rlove Nov 24, 2008 04:11 PM

      I've had that dish too. Great dish!

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        9lives RE: 9lives Nov 25, 2008 04:52 AM

        Forgot to mention I saw some veal sweetbreads at Savenor's last week.

        I've bought them at Sulmona in the NE; but not sure if it's a regular item.

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      neposter RE: ecdopfel Nov 25, 2008 03:10 AM

      I used to get sweetbreads from the Super walmarts in either Salem NH or Amherst NH, i do not know if it were veal or cow or pork sweetbreads, I just enjoy them fried.

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        Atos RE: ecdopfel Nov 25, 2008 10:06 AM

        dewars in newton. they will get them for you if they do not have it in stock.
        dredged in flour pan fried with cream tarragon sauce. Delicious

        1. ecwashere7 RE: ecdopfel Nov 25, 2008 11:59 AM

          I actually saw them at Market Basket (of all places) recently. Savenor's would certainly have them too.

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            ecdopfel RE: ecdopfel Nov 25, 2008 02:30 PM

            Awesome, thanks! My husband reminded me that we bought them once at the Alewife WF's, in case anyone else is looking.

            I just spoke with Savenor's and they're selling them for $10/lb. And of course! The Butcher Shop!

            I'm intrigued by this Market Basket reference... which Market Basket?

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              ecwashere7 RE: ecdopfel Nov 25, 2008 07:00 PM

              It was in Nashua. I was surprised to see them, but hey still there. I didn't try them, so I'm not sure about the quality. Plus, I wouldn't be one to judge the quality.

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