• WordNet 3.6
    • n sweetbread edible glands of an animal
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When Catherine de Medici married Henry II of France (1533) she brought forks with her, as well as several master Florentine cooks. Foods never before seen in France were soon being served using utensils instead of fingers or daggers. She is said to have introduced spinach (which "à la Florentine" usually means) as well as aspics, sweetbreads, artichoke hearts, truffles, liver crépinettes, quenelles of poultry, macaroons, ice cream, and zabagliones.
    • Sweetbread Either the thymus gland or the pancreas, the former being called neck sweetbread or throat sweetbread, the latter belly sweetbread. The sweetbreads of ruminants, esp. of the calf, are highly esteemed as food. See Pancreas, and Thymus.
    • Sweetbread (Anat) The pancreas.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sweetbread The pancreas of an animal, used for food; also, the thymus gland so used. Butchers distinguish the two, the former being the stomach-sweetbread, the latter the neck-sweetbread or throat-sweetbread.
    • n sweetbread A bribe or douceur.
    • n sweetbread A part of the lobster taken from the thorax for canning.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Sweetbread the pancreas of an animal used for food, both delicate and nutritious
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. swéte; Ger. süsz, Gr. hēdys, L. suavis, sweet, Sans. svad, to taste.


In literature:

She and Frank ate the herrings' roes on toast, the sweetbread and one of the four rolls.
"Priscilla's Spies" by George A. Birmingham
Soak the sweetbreads in salt and water for twenty minutes, then take them out, wipe them well, and take off the skin.
"My Pet Recipes, Tried and True" by Various
Sweetbreads are made in Chicago of the pancreases of horned cattle.
"A Book of Burlesques" by H. L. Mencken
Thus you may fry sweetbreads of the beef.
"The accomplisht cook" by Robert May
Perhaps if you could get me a sweetbread I might manage a few morsels.
"Nell, of Shorne Mills" by Charles Garvice
I can't use sweetbreads tonight, Heinie.
"Laramie Holds the Range" by Frank H. Spearman
For these use veal sweetbreads.
"365 Luncheon Dishes" by Anonymous
Some sweetbread may be added with good effect, but it must be first scalded and the skin removed.
"The Italian Cook Book" by Maria Gentile
The meat course consists of creamed chicken, creamed sweetbreads and creamed veal.
"Games For All Occasions" by Mary E. Blain
"The Starvation Treatment of Diabetes" by Lewis Webb Hill
When the sweetbreads have been simmering twenty minutes, pour the gravy from them to the sauce; stir quickly till smooth.
"Choice Cookery" by Catherine Owen
He used to be so fond of sweetbreads.
"Virginia" by Ellen Glasgow
Laddie, do you think you could manage a fried sole and a sweetbread?
"The Rough Road" by William John Locke
Sweetbreads in the Berlin markets were about 1 mark 10 pf.
"Home Life in Germany" by Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick
Pick up the chicken and grind the meat fine, then mash it well together with the brains or sweetbreads, and season to taste.
"Dishes & Beverages of the Old South" by Martha McCulloch Williams
A veal sweetbread, prepared as in No.
"The Cook's Oracle; and Housekeeper's Manual" by William Kitchiner
If the broth is absorbed before the sweetbreads are done, add some more.
"Hand-Book of Practical Cookery for Ladies and Professional Cooks" by Pierre Blot
Use as a garnish for lamb, beef, sweetbreads, etc.
"The Hotel St. Francis Cook Book" by Victor Hirtzler
Another hands you a dish, saying, it is "sweetbone," and you must know it is "sweetbread.
"A Thousand Miles in the Rob Roy Canoe on Rivers and Lakes of Europe" by John Macgregor
If it has really any thing to do with a calf at all, it is the sweetbread.
"Lord Montagu's Page" by G. P. R. James

In news:

Sweetbreads at La Cigale .
Long before The Publican served the first sweetbread schnitzel and hay-smoked "ham chop" from a menu that reads like a map of boutique American farms, Chicagoans were in a tizzy of anticipation.
Chef de cuisine Chris Kurth evokes the coming fall with this end-of summer dish by imparting a piney flavor to sweetbreads .
General Tso's Sweetbreads at Café Saint-Ex.
General Tso's Sweetbreads by Billy Klein.
Of Saugatuck and Sweetbreads .
As a rule, we're wary of sweetbreads .
Doughnuts, sweetbreads and icy escapes.
Infused with a light wine and lemon sauce, the dish was spectacular, he said, dropping a puffy white sweetbread on my plate.
Says co-owner Dave Garry, who puts forth a menu dotted with crispy pig ears, spicy sweetbreads, roasted marrow bones, and chicharrones (a.k.a.
It's important for a city to have a place with towering splays of flowers, high ceilings, plate glass windows, and sweetbread agnolotti bathed in golden veal broth.
You've gotta give them credit: Buffalo-style sweetbreads is a brave idea.
From start (Lee Styer's veal sweetbreads with arugula, Asian pear and cinnamon gastrique) to finish (Jessie Prawlucki's coffee-liqueur soufflé, the cooking at Fond is superb.
The meat-driven, wine-centric menu will include a rotating selection of grilled meats such as wagyu skirt steak, short ribs, chorizo, blood sausage, and sweetbreads.
Combine the brine ingredients and soak the sweetbreads for two hours.