Believed to be the best part of the animal, brains are traditionally served to guests. They are usually fried, grilled or turned into a salad.
1tablespoonwhite wine vinegar
For the dressing
1tomato, skinned and chopped to a pulp
a fewsprigs of parsley, chopped
salt and freshly ground black pepper
8black olives, stoned
Soak the brains in cold salted water for 20 minutes. Drain and rinse them. Remove the membranes and place them in a saucepan with the vinegar and salt. Cover with fresh water and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes. Leave to cool in the pan.
Mix together the ingredients for the dressing and season to taste. Remove the brains from the pan and slice lengthways. Arrange the slices on a plate and spoon the dressing over the top. Garnish with black olives.