Lamb sweetbread nuggets with pickled onion mayonnaise

Lamb sweetbread nuggets with pickled onion mayonnaise

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Nuovo Mondo
Makes
4
Photographer
Alan Benson

Jim: I have nightmarish memories of learning how to perfectly pan-fry lamb sweetbreads. My chef used to always say, ‘When they are perfect they should look like chicken nuggets’. That has obviously stayed with me because here it is, the realisation of the perfect sweetbread – a nugget! i wish i could have produced what my chef wanted with as little hassle and skill as it takes to produce this recipe. If you are not game to try this with lamb sweetbreads, cubes of flathead fillets work well.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
vegetable oil, for deep-frying
16 small lamb sweetbreads
plain flour, for dusting
200g Pickled onion mayonnaise

Batter

Quantity Ingredient
100g rice flour
100g plain flour
1 tbsp rosemary, finely chopped
1 tsp ground cumin
500ml iced water

Method

  1. To make the batter, combine the rice and plain flours, rosemary and cumin in a large bowl. Add the iced water and roughly mix to combine (lumpy is fine).
  2. Preheat the oil to 180°C in a deep-fryer or large heavy-based saucepan. Test the oil by dropping a little batter in it – if it sizzles furiously it is hot enough.
  3. Toss the sweetbreads first in the flour, then drop in the batter to coat. Deep-fry the sweetbreads, in batches, until golden brown. Drain well on paper towel and serve with the pickled onion mayonnaise for dipping.

Stefano:

  • I really enjoy this recipe made with vegetables such as cauliflower, broccoli and zucchini batons. If the vegetables need pre-cooking, like cauliflower for example, cook in plenty of lightly salted water and cool in a cold water bath before flouring and battering as above. If you wish, make a simple mayonnaise, but the addition of the onions is really nice.

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