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Sweetbread and Veal Brochettes    HT   MC 30mins


Serve 4      Hot  Offal  Veal  Alcohol Main Course Gluten Wheat free  Eggless



450g/1lb Veal or Lamb Sweetbreads

450g/1lb Boned Leg of Veal

Salt and Pepper

16 Button Onions

3 tbsp Fresh Parsley, chopped

150ml/5fl.oz. White Wine

1 tbsp Lemon Juice

2 tbsp Olive Oil

Melted Butter




1. Wash the sweetbreads carefully. Put them in a pan with cold salted water to cover, bring to the boil over a moderate heat and simmer gently for 2 minutes. Cool the sweetbreads by leaving the pan under cold running water.


2. Peel the button onions and blanch in the same way as the sweetbreads for 5 minutes. Drain then cool under running water.


3. Cut veal into 24 even sized cubes, discarding any pieces of skin or gristle.


4. Take 6 long metal skewers and thread each one with alternate pieces of veal, followed by a piece of sweetbread and 1 button onion. Allow 4 sets of ingredients per skewer.


5. Lay the brochettes side by side in a large shallow dish or baking tray. Season generously with salt and freshly ground black pepper, and sprinkle with finely chopped parsley. Combine the wine with the lemon juice, pour over the brochettes and leave to marinate for 1/2 hour, turning the skewers occasionally so that the meat remains evenly coated with the dressing.


6. Heat the grill to high. Combine the olive oil with the melted butter in a small dish. Drain the brochettes thoroughly, reserving the marinade, and brush them all over with the butter and olive oil mixture. Place them on a grill pan under the grill; reduce the heat to moderate and grill the brochettes for about 20 minutes, or until they are cooked through and golden, turning the skewers occasionally. Transfer the cooked brochettes to a heated serving dish and keep them warm.


7. Add the reserved marinade to the drippings in the grill pan and bring to the boil by putting it over a moderate beat, scraping up any crusty bits adhering to the bottom and the sides of the pan with a wooden spoon. Strain into a heated sauceboat and serve immediately with the brochettes.





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Chop to To cut into pieces of approximately the same size.

Simmer - To maintain the temperature of a liquid at just below boiling.


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