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Crispy Sweetbreads With White Bean Ragout

  • Yield: 4 servings


  • 1 1/2 pounds calfís sweetbreads
  • 1 quart court bouillon
  • 1 cup flour
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped shallots
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes, peeled and seeded
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 cup dried navy white beans, cook until tender and cooled (yields about 2 cups cooked)
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 2 cups veal reduction
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley leaves


  • Soak the sweetbreads in cold water for 2 hours to clean them.
  • Cut away any discolored parts. Place the sweetbreads in the court bouillon and poach them for 20 to 25 minutes. Remove the sweetbreads and press them between 2 plates with a 2 pound weight on top. Place the sweetbreads in the refrigerator and chill completely.
  • After the sweetbreads are chilled, cut the sweetbreads into nuggets or small pieces.
  • Season the flour with salt and pepper. Dredge the sweetbreads in the seasoned flour, covering each side completely. Set the sweetbreads aside.
  • In a sauté pan, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the shallots. Season with salt and pepper. Sauté for 1 minute.
  • Add the garlic, tomatoes, thyme and beans. Season with salt and pepper. Sauté for 2 minutes. Deglaze sauté pan with the wine and cook until most of the liquid has evaporated, about 1 minute
  • Add the veal reduction and bring up to a simmer. Simmer the sauce for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • In a sauté pan, over medium heat, heat the remaining 1/4 cup of olive oil. Add sweetbreads and pan-fry until crispy on both sides, about 2 minutes on each side. Remove the sweetbreads and drain on paper towels.
  • Remove the ragout from the heat and stir in the butter.
  • Spoon the bean ragout into the center of each serving plate. Lay the sweetbreads over the ragout. Garnish with parsley. Serve the sweetbreads immediately.

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