Total Time
1hr 40mins
Prep 1 hr
Cook 40 mins

Sweetbreads are considered a delicacy among those familiar with haute cuisine. Sweetbreads are the thymus glands and/or pancreas of calves, lambs and piglets under one year old.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Soak sweetbreads in acidulated water (water and a little vinegar or lemon juice) for an hour and remove membranes and veins;.
  2. Bring a pot of water to the boil; add salt and lemon juice.
  3. Place sweetbreads in boiling water; reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
  4. Drain sweetbreads and plunge into icy water to stop cooking process.
  5. When cold, cut into 1/4" dice.
  6. Place lettuce leaves in a chilled salad bowl.
  7. Mix the diced sweetbreads with part of the mayonnaise; pile into center of lettuce leaves and frost with remaining mayonnaise.
  8. Garnish with thinly sliced onion, if desired.