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Mar 17, 2009 03:59 PM

Sweet Breads

Going out to Dinner in Portland Maine for my sisters. birthday tommorow. The restaurant she choose has sweet breads on the menu. I consider my self an adventurours eater.Are they worth a try.....or more of just a "shock" food.

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  1. Hi,
    Sweetbreads are the thymus gland of young steers of pigs the best are from Veal there actually tonsils one is in the throat the other is connected in the breast the larger one in the breast area are the best these are really Pancreas glands. They are high in fat but if peoperly prepared are very good .the best way to have them are lightly flattened and sauteed crisp.

    1. If prepared well, they are delicious--rich, slightly creamy texture, crisp on the outside. The flavor will not shock you, it's very mild compared to liver or kidneys.

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      1. re: whs

        Thanks....for appitizer I'm stuck between the sweet breads & "steak & cheese" beef carpacio & pan fried goat cheese also sounds tasty.

        1. re: westernmaine

          Go for the sweetbreads--you can get carpaccio and goat cheese anytime!

          1. re: whs

            Thanks all. I went for the sweet breads & very glad I did. they were perkectly crisp. I think the were breaded in a fine flour as the crispy nice stood right through the sauce.....fried in bacon fat and oil as the bacon taste was not over whelming. Service with a light citrus, caper and cream sauce. My sister & tried to explain the flavor and the best we could come up with was a liver type texture (not as grainy) with a chicken flavor. We finished them all and mopped up the sauce with their house bread. Three cheers to the Grill Room Portland Maine!

            1. re: westernmaine

              Yahoo! Another sweetbreads convert!

              1. re: whs

                And welcome to the of my and my sisters favorite foods.

      2. Looking for a restaurant in the Hartford area that serves sweetbreads??? O elsewhere in central CT?

        1. Is there any store or restaurant in New Hampshire or the Merrimack Valley that either sells or serves sweetbreads? Its availability was something I took for granted when I lived in NYC.