Veal Sweetbreads with Cream and Mushrooms

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Appears in

Two Fat Ladies Obsessions

Two Fat Ladies Obsessions

By Jennifer Paterson and Clarissa Dickson Wright

Published 1999

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This takes time and care, but is a reward in the end.


  • 2 veal heart sweetbreads, about 1 lb
  • Slices of fatback or bacon, thinly cut


Soak the sweetbreads in cold water for 3 hours, changing the water every now and then, until any blood has drained out. Then put them into a saucepan and cover with fresh cold water. Bring to a boil very gently indeed and allow to boil for 2 minutes, no more. Drain and plunge them into cold water in a bowl under a running tap, leaving them until they are cool and firm to handle.