Sweetbreads With Green Peas

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  • 1 pound veal sweetbreads
  • 2 quarts water
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 cup fine, dry breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Lard
  • 1 (15 1/2-ounce) can green peas, undrained
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • Fresh parsley sprigs


  1. Place sweetbreads with water to cover in a medium mixing bowl. Soak for 1 hour. Drain well; remove and discard white membrane.
  2. Combine drained sweetbreads, 2 quarts water, vinegar, and 2 teaspoons salt in a large Dutch oven. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 20 minutes.
  3. Remove sweetbreads, and cut into serving-size pieces. Combine egg and 2 tablespoons water in a small bowl; set aside. Combine breadcrumbs, remaining salt, and pepper in a small bowl; set aside. Dip sweetbreads in egg mixture; roll in breadcrumb mixture
  4. Melt lard in a large skillet over medium heat. Add sweetbreads; cook over low heat 10 minutes or until browned, turning to brown all sides. Remove sweetbreads; drain.
  5. Cook peas in a medium saucepan over medium heat until hot. Drain and add butter.
  6. Serve peas in a small bowl on a platter. Place sweetbreads around bowl on platter; garnish with parsley. Serve immediately.
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