Southern-Fried Sweetbreads

Southern-Fried Sweetbreads
Southern-Fried Sweetbreads

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

Ingredients

  • 2

    pounds veal sweetbreads, rinsed

  • 1

    cup well-shaken buttermilk

  • 12

    About 12 cups vegetable oil (96 fluid ounces)

  • 1

    cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/2

    cup cornmeal

  • 2

    teaspoons paprika (not hot)

  • 1/2

    teaspoon cayenne

  • Equipment: a deep-fat thermometer

Directions

Soak sweetbreads in a large bowl of ice water in the refrigerator, changing water occasionally (2 or 3 times), at least 8 hours. Drain sweetbreads and transfer to a 4-quart heavy saucepan. Cover with cold water by 1 inch and add 1 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until sweetbreads plump and feel slightly firmer to the touch, about 3 minutes. Drain in a colander and transfer to an ice bath to stop cooking. Cut away any fat and pull away as much membrane and connective tissue as possible with a small paring knife, then separate with your fingers into roughly 2-inch pieces. Whisk buttermilk with 1/2 teaspoon salt in a bowl. Add sweetbreads and soak, chilled, 1 hour. About 10 minutes before sweetbreads are finished soaking in buttermilk, start heating 2 inches oil to 350°F in a 5-quart wide heavy pot over medium heat. Whisk together flour, cornmeal, paprika, cayenne, and 1/2 tsp each of salt and pepper in a shallow dish. Put a metal cooling rack in a 4-sided sheet pan and preheat oven to 400°F. Drain sweetbreads well, discarding buttermilk. Dredge in flour mixture, shaking off any excess, then fry in 3 batches until golden and cooked through (cut one open to test), 3 to 3 1/2 minutes, depending on size. Transfer with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain, then season lightly with salt. Keep warm on rack in oven. (Return oil to 350&#deg; between batches.) Serve fried sweetbreads immediately. Read More http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Southern-Fried-Sweetbreads-359689#ixzz1hwap2ahz

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