You can talk of your fathers, your sons and your holy ghosts, but for me the holy trinity consists of good food, good friends and good wine. This was apparent again last night, when I was invited over to some friends house where we cooked up some pearl couscous risotto with mushrooms and sweet potatoes, fortified with duck stock and an aged Gouda. Served with that was a hard seared filet mignon, served rare, a very colorful salad of Bull's blood beets, asparagus, butternut squash, caramelized shallots, beet tops and baby greens, all of which was topped with panseared sweetbreads.
I'm telling you, if you haven't had sweetbreads, and have an adventurous pallate, there isn't much better in my mind. These particular sweetbreads were seasoned with truffle salt and pepper, dipped in buttermilk and dredged in flour, then quickly sauteed in peanut oil and finished in the oven. Divine!
So the meal was served up with great friends and great wine(2006(I think) Road's End from Carlton Cellars), and a bit of local cheeses to start.
So dear friends, please, if you have a mind, try this recipe, it is unfailing:
3-4 good friends
1-3 bottles of nice wine
As much food as is needed
Bring together in a comfortable happy environment and let the three ingredients meld and blend their flavors. It's a hit every time!