Definition of sweetbread in English:

sweetbread

noun

  • The thymus gland (or, rarely, the pancreas) of an animal, especially as used for food.

    • ‘Arrange some sweetbreads, artichokes, and crawfish in the center, sprinkle the dish with paprika and garnish with chervil.’
    • ‘For the sweetbreads, place the sweetbreads on a cutting board and, using a thin larding needle, lard with smoked bacon.’
    • ‘Why bother selling beef liver as calf's when pork liver and lamb sweetbreads are so good!’
    • ‘To finish the salad, in a large bowl, toss together the mushrooms, sweetbreads, and tuna, mache with some of the vinaigrette.’
    • ‘Lightly coat sweetbreads in flour and sear until golden brown and crisp.’
    • ‘Some very good sweetbreads with wild mushrooms were served at little more than body temperature - slightly queasifying.’
    • ‘These are made of liver, fat bacon, and sometimes sweetbreads or other offal or lean pork, with garlic, sometimes shallots, and herbs and spices - but not with breadcrumbs or other cereal.’
    • ‘Soak sweetbreads in milk in refrigerator for eight hours; blanch and remove outer membrane.’
    • ‘I dutifully swigged successive glasses of the Albariño with my codfish confit one night, and again with a thrombotic dish of grilled skate and veal sweetbreads the next.’
    • ‘Soak sweetbreads in water for two hours in refrigerator.’
    • ‘Atherton's schtick is to show off a smorgasbord of offerings - roasted turbot with five-spice oxtail, say, or grilled spring lamb with cinnamon sweetbreads.’
    • ‘Season the sweetbreads with salt, pepper, clove, and cinnamon.’
    • ‘I started off with the roast veal sweetbreads with collop of foie gras and morel jus, while Vicky opted for the roulade of duck fois gras cooked in truffle stock with cherry brioche.’
    • ‘We moved on to our starters, with Vicky choosing seared scallops wrapped in pancetta with cider beurre blanc, while I tried the veal sweetbread profiteroles with sauce cevenoles.’
    • ‘I chose the veal sweetbreads, wild mushrooms, pecans and red wine reduction precisely because I thought it was such an interesting mix.’
    • ‘A roast sweetbread was sauced with a Madeira and truffle mix of improbable delicacy.’
    • ‘Season sweetbreads with salt and pepper and dredge in flour.’
    • ‘Remove meat and sweetbreads from sieve and discard vegetables.’
    • ‘Cut sweetbreads into four even pieces; dust with fennel pollen.’
    • ‘It was also at the River Cafe, after graduating in liver appreciation, that I went on to discover the pleasures of sweetbreads, kidneys, tongues and brains.’

Pronunciation

sweetbread

/ˈswitˌbrɛd//ˈswētˌbred/