Buffalo Sweetbreads with Citrus Blue Cheese Recipe

Sep 7, 2012 2:01 pm

The buffalo technique's hitting hard this season

buffalo sweetbreads
Photo: Gabi Porter
You've got the buffalo technique down, right? Now let's raise the bar a little.

This recipe from the Upper West Side "coast" Ditch Plains chef/owner Marc Murphy proves that surfer dudes have great taste. Always wanted to try offal but never had the...uh, guts? Buffalo sweetbreads are a great way to break in.

Calf thymus or chicken wing, the buffalo technique is exactly the same: dredge, deep-fry, cool, drain and toss with buttery hot sauce. The only difference is that you won't find sweetbreads by the family pack in the refrigerated meat aisle.

Sweetbreads can be hard to find, but they're totally worth it — they're tender, creamy, succulent and incredibly flavorful. Call a specialty butcher or meat market ahead of time to see if they have them. If not, they'll easily be able to order them for you and you'll make a new friend or two in the process. Very convenient for sourcing the more obscure parts of animals.

Servings: 4


For the citrus blue cheese
1/4 cup blue cheese
1/4 cup sour cream
3 tablespoons heavy cream
zest of one Orange
zest of one lemon
For the sweetbreads
1 1/2 veal sweetbreads
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup cornstarch
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1 cup Frank's hot sauce
1/4 cup butter, chilled
3 scallions, thinly sliced on a bias

For the citrus blue cheese:

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the blue cheese, heavy cream and sour cream. 
  2. Mix until incorporated and season with salt, pepper and the zest of one orange and one lemon.

For the sweetbreads:

  1. Clean the sweetbreads of any visible membrane using your fingers and a sharp knife.
  2. Drop them in lightly boiling water for about a minute, remove and transfer to a bowl of ice water until cool. 
  3. Cut sweetbreads into 2-inch pieces.
  4. Mix flour, cornstarch, salt, pepper and paprika together. Dredge the sweetbreads in the flour and shake off excess.
  5. Fry in a 350-degree fryer until golden brown and drain on paper towels.
  6. In a small saucepan, heat the hot sauce until it starts to bubble, then take off heat and whisk in cold butter. 
  7. Place sweetbreads in pan and coat with buffalo sauce.
  8. Garnish with thinly sliced scallions, and serve with citrus blue cheese dressing
Level of Difficulty: 
Prep Time: 
30 minutes
Cooking Time: 
20 minutes
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