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Sweetbreads: Neither Sweet nor Bread | FoodStuff

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Not exactly sweet and definitely not a bread, sweetbreads are a type of offal with a pedigree among gastronomes. We explore how people treated this odd, tasty gland in the past, and how it made a comeback, with the help of executive chef Spencer Gomez of Holeman and Finch Public House in Atlanta, Georgia. Audio Episode: http://shows.howstuffworks.com/foodstuff/sweetbreads.htm Twitter: https://twitter.com/foodstuffhsw Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/foodstuff/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/foodstuffhsw Subscribe on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/id1209196729), Spotify (https://open.spotify.com/show/4nYaabgKy13cOM4fydH9kX), GooglePlay (https://play.google.com/music/listen?u=0#/ps/Iilp6fa5za75ob6pdfabqfphwk4) or wherever podcasts are found. -- A new-ish audio podcast and video series from HowStuffWorks about, y'know, food and stuff. Join hosts Anney Reese and Lauren Vogelbaum as they explore the science, history, and culture behind everything we eat & drink.
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autistic tech girl 1990 (4 days ago)
Would like to try these but it sounds like an extremely expensive restaurant where it is being cooked
twin jesus (14 days ago)
i love h&f so mush
magicbuskey (11 months ago)
Deceptive naming. I would be upset if I got organ meat instead of a pastry.
WHITE TRASH INFIDEL (5 months ago)
magicbuskey Another example of deceptive naming is when they call pig anus a "pepperoni."
HowStuffWorks (11 months ago)
It's a confusing name for sure! History is still unclear on where it originated, but the first time it popped up was in the 16th century book The Historie of Man: "A certaine Glandulous part, called Thimus, which in Calues...is most pleasaunt to be eaten. I suppose we call it the sweete bread." One theory is that sweet might be referring to the fact that thymus meat is relatively sweeter than other meat, and bread could come from the old English ‘brede’ meaning roasted meats or flesh, or bread as in another word for morsel.
Antonio Lopez (11 months ago)
First time I seen mollejas not made in a carnaastda way but even then you the cook has to do it rigth if not it is bad I use to not eat them I was freaked out by them but accdently tried one in a coped up mixed type of meats that where reheated from a carneaasda
HowStuffWorks (11 months ago)
Sounds like an excellent mistake!
Gus Hollahbackatya (11 months ago)
Sweet Vagina : Incredibly tasty , AND it will ruin your life. ...........(Sorry , I misunderstood the assignment)
Janice Shelton (11 months ago)
Looks deLISH, well prepared, great chef
like a rock (11 months ago)
all that sharing plates. the food -a-phobes are losing their minds!
HowStuffWorks (11 months ago)
The FoodStuff crew is definitely of the mindset that exposure to a few extra germs is more helpful than hurtful. We're lucky to not be immunocompromised, so every day is training day for our immune systems.