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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!

  1. rlove 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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    1. re: rlove
      9lives Nov 24, 2008 04:11 PM

      I've had that dish too. Great dish!

      1. re: 9lives
        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 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 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 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 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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            1. re: ecdopfel
              ecwashere7 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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