I’d always heard that sweetbreads were brains, but I’d never tried them. Then I was out on a date one night, with a woman who was a very picky eater, and I saw sweetbreads on the menu; I said “Great! Let’s try sweetbreads!”
She asked what they were; I said, “Promise me you’ll try it, and I’ll tell you afterwards.” The waitress who took our order looked at me funny, and asked if I knew what sweetbreads were. I said yes, thinking I did.
They brought it, and it didn’t look like brains, but we tried it. I thought it was good. My date took a bite the size of a radium pellet, then said, “OK, what is it?” I told her “brains.” She turned green. I liked it and ate the whole thing, even though it didn’t look like the other brains I’d had.
Anyhoo, I looked it up, and as you mentioned, it’s not brains; it’s pancreas and/or thymus. Whatever the hell it is, it’s good, and I know a restaurant in Memphis that has it on the menu.
Anyone know where to find canned calf brains in Memphis? That’s what I really wanted. Brain-omelet is terrific.