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Braised Cabbage and Sweetbreads with Truffles Recipe
Braised Cabbage and Sweetbreads with Truffles
Christian Denis, Le Clos St-Denis, Belgique
Christian Denis, Le Clos St-Denis, Belgique
Flavors of Belgium
Total time: more than 2 hours
Preparation time: 90 minutes
Cooking time: 90 minutes + 2 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Chef's Note
An original idea that endows cabbage with a whole new sophistication.
Ingredients for 4 servings
- 4 Sweetbreads 200-250 g (8 oz.) each
- 1 Savoy Cabbage
- 1 nice truffle, about 30 g / 1 oz.
- 100 ml (6 tbsp.) truffle juice
- 100 g (6 tbsp.) butter
- 200 ml (3/4 cup) degreased chicken stock
- 500 ml (2 cups) brown stock
- 1 tbsp. flour
- Salt and frreshly ground pepper
- Thyme and bay leaf
  1. Soak the sweetbreads in cold water to remove any impurities.
  2. Place them in a saucepan, cover with cold salted water and bring to a boil. Cook for 2-3 minutes and immediately plunge into ice water.
  3. Trim carefully, removing any inedible parts such as skin, fat or nerves. Dry and set aside.
  4. Dice the truffle, reserving 4 attractive slices for garnish.
  5. Slice the cabbage thinly, reserving 4 nice tender leaves for garnish.
  6. Wash the cabbage under cold running water. Blanch in boiling salted water for 2 minutes, refresh in cold water and drain.
  7. Return the cabbage to a saucepan with the chicken stock, a knob of butter, a branch of thyme, a bay leaf and a few grindings of pepper.
  8. Simmer slowly until the cabbage is completely cooked and the liquid has evaporated.
  9. Add half the diced truffle and correct the seasoning. Keep warm.
  10. Quickly blanch the 4 cabbage leaves in boiling salted water, refresh immediately and dry.
  11. Brush the leaves with melted butter. Place on a baking sheet and put into a preheated 50° C (125° F) for about two hours to dry out. Set aside.
  12. Season the sweetbreads with salt and pepper, dip into flour and shake off the excess.
  13. Melt a large knob of butter in a skillet. When it has browned slightly, add the sweetbreads and cook on both sides until lightly colored.
  14. Place into a 200° C (400° F) oven for about 10 minutes. Remove and place on a paper towel-lined plate. Keep warm.
  15. Degrease the pan and deglaze with the brown stock and truffle juice.
  16. Reduce by half and whisk the remaining butter into the sauce.
  17. Add the remaining diced truffle. Correct the seasoning.
  18. Presentation
  19. Arrange the cabbage in the center of 4 warmed plates, place the sweetbreads nuggets in the middle and garnish with the cabbage leaves.
  20. Spoon the sauce over top and garnish with a slice of truffle.
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