What Are Sweetbreads and How Do You Cook Them?

What are sweetbreads? You could say they are the ultimate in offal. Sweetbreads are the thymus glands from veal calves and are a classic delicacy with velvety, fine-grained texture. Offal has always had a cult following in professional kitchens, and sweetbreads are highly prized by chefs for their mild flavor and tender, creamy texture. These days veal…

All About Sweetbreads

According to the Larousse Gastronomique, sweetbread is “the culinary term for the thymus gland (in the throat) and the pancreas (near the stomach) in calves, lambs and pigs.” Larousse further states that thymus sweetbreads are “elongated and irregular in shape” while pancreas sweetbreads are “larger and rounded.” But sweetbreads are neither sweet, nor are they…