Crispy Sweetbreads with Gem lettuce and pistachio-buttermilk dressing By: Chef Mike Lata



¼ cup Fresh tarragon leaves
½ cup Fresh chopped chives
½ cup Fresh chervil
2 Cloves
3 Oil packed anchovies
1.5 cups Mayonaise
1.5 cups Creme fraiche
Juice of two lemons
½ cup Pistachios, toasted


2 pounds Sweetbreads
2 Eggs, beaten
2 cups Fresh breadcrumbs
1 cup All purpose flour

2 quarts Water
½ cup Carrot
½ cup Celery
1 cup Onion
2 Bay leaves
1 Sprig thyme
2 Sprigs parsley
2 ounces Sherry vinegar


For the dressing:
Blend all of the ingredients on high until homogenous. About 30 seconds.

For the sweetbreads:
Soak the sweetbreads in ½ cup kosher salt/ 1 gallon water over night.

Place sweetbreads in a pot and cover with water. Add carrot, celery, onion, thyme, bay leave, vinegar, parsley. Bring to a simmer and cook for five minutes then plunge the sweetbreads in ice cold water to cool.

Peel the sweetbreads of their membranes and reserve.

Dredge the sweetbreads in the all-purpose flour then egg mixture, then breadcrumbs.

Fry them at 375˚F until crispy on the outside and hot on the inside.

Toss lettuce with the pistachio dressing and place on a plate. Slice the sweetbreads with a sharp knife and arrange around the lettuce.

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fun facts

Pistachios, when eaten with high-carbohydrate foods, may result in lower than expected blood sugar levels, an important factor in reducing risk of diabetes.

According to a Penn State University study, it is suggested that pistachios reduce the body's biological response to stress.

One serving of pistachios has as much potassium (300mg, 8%) as an orange (250mg, 7%).

Pistachios are high in phytosterols which may lower cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of heart disease. In animal studies phytosterols have been shown to potentially have anti-cancer properties.

One serving of pistachios is 49 nuts, more than any other tree nut.

Forty-nine pistachios serve up to 20 percent of your Daily Value of B6, about the same as half an avocado.

You can obtain more dietary fiber from a serving of pistachios (3g) than a 1/2 cup of cooked broccoli, and the same amount of dietary fiber as an orange or an apple — approximately 10 percent of the Daily Value.

Just a single serving of pistachios provides you with the same amount of protein in a one-ounce serving of soybeans and can serve as a protein alternative to meat, poultry or beans according to the USDA Food Guide Pyramid.

Pistachios are a naturally cholesterol-free snack and contain just 1.5 grams of saturated fat.

Celebrate the greatness of nuts! October 22 is National Nut Day and February 26 is National Pistachio Day!