Roasted Sweetbreads with Applewood—Smoked Bacon, Braised Belgian Endive, and Black Truffle Sauce

Preparation info

  • Makes

    6

    Servings
    • Difficulty

      Complex

Appears in

The French Laundry Cookbook

By Thomas Keller

Published 1999

  • About

Sweetbreads have a wonderful texture and a flavor that’s almost neutral, so you can play with a lot of garnishes. Here it’s larded with bacon, to infuse the meat with that flavor, and paired with truffles and slow-cooked endive.

Preparing sweetbreads is a two- to three-day process; these are soaked and then blanched in water, then cleaned, braised in stock, and finally sautéed. Sweet-breads come in two parts. The “heart” lobe, or top rounded portion (noix, or “nut,” in French