Continuing the topic of offal, some thoughts about two popular dishes (at least in Europe)…
No, not a nice cinnamon bun. Sweetbreads are organ meats. There are two types: stomach or belly sweetbreads (the animal’s pancreas) and neck or throat sweetbreads (the animal’s thymus gland). This may be too much information, but hey, we eat meat here.
Sweetbreads are considered a delicacy today, and fall under the category of offal – or, in my opinion – awful!
Brains are often scrambled with eggs or battered and fried. I personally won’t eat them, despite the fact that they are a very common dish in Europe. I want to see more research on the possible health effects of eating calfs’ brains. Ever since the increase of Mad Cow Disease (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy), I prefer not to recommend brains or any nervous tissue until research proves there there’s absolutely no health risk.
How about you? Have you ever eaten either of the above? And what did you think?