has anyone ever eaten brains?

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    I've heard they taste like sweetbreads but are a bit more delicate. I was considering putting my inhibition aside and giving it a try once my good pans arrive. There's a recipe for them in my new cookbook.

    It's probably good practice for searing foie gras as well since it's considerably cheaper. Plus, it looked kind of appetizing in hannibal :p
     
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    I've heard they taste like sweetbreads but are a bit more delicate. I was considering putting my inhibition aside and giving it a try once my good pans arrive. There's a recipe for them in my new cookbook.

    It's probably good practice for searing foie gras as well since it's considerably cheaper. Plus, it looked kind of appetizing in hannibal :p

    You calling me a zombie? Them's fightin' words.
    Never tried 'em, but looking forward to your report . . .
     
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    You calling me a zombie? Them's fightin' words.
    Never tried 'em, but looking forward to your report . . .


    I'll take pictures :p
     
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    a long time ago my grandmother made cow brain soup. don't remember too much about it except the thought of it being really gross and the brain itself being really soft.

    -Jeff
     
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    Yes, I have eaten brains -- crab brains. They are a kind of paste that is very pungent. They are called kani miso in Japanese, and are a sort of minor delicacy. Shrimp brains are quite similar. They taste about like you'd expect the brains of ocean-going bugs to taste.

    But I don't think these are the kind of brains you meant.
     
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    Oh, I forgot! I promised to post my grandfather's recipe for lamb brains. See photo. I'll get the recipe, and post it . . . considered a delicacy in many parts of the world. I used to watch Grandfather prepare his brains. But, I never ate any. Just couldn't. Does anyone remember the Andy Griffith episode, during which Andy and Barney go to Mt. Pilot, to a fancy eatin' place, that serves French food? Andy couldn't read the menu. He asked for roast beef, potato, and green beans. Barney pointed, to his choices: snails and brains.
     
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    Have had brains in black butter at a San Francisco restaurant years ago and my memory is that - as you suggest - the texture is comparable to sweetbreads but a bit more delicate. My father was a big "brains and scrambled eggs" guy when I was young. And an Indo-Pakistani resaurant here in north Atlanta apparently is finding a "brains masala" dish to be popular (though I haven't been over to check it out.)
     
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    But I don't think these are the kind of brains you meant.

    Ya, I meant calf brains. :p
     
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    Oh, I forgot! I promised to post my grandfather's recipe for lamb brains. See photo. I'll get the recipe, and post it . . . considered a delicacy in many parts of the world. I used to watch Grandfather prepare his brains. But, I never ate any. Just couldn't. Does anyone remember the Andy Griffith episode, during which Andy and Barney go to Mt. Pilot, to a fancy eatin' place, that serves French food? Andy couldn't read the menu. He asked for roast beef, potato, and green beans. Barney pointed, to his choices: snails and brains.


    How were those cooked? They don't look seared...
     
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    My father was a big "brains and scrambled eggs" guy when I was young. And an Indo-Pakistani resaurant here in north Atlanta apparently is finding a "brains masala" dish to be popular (though I haven't been over to check it out.)

    Those are some combos I wouldn't have thought of... I can't imagine how you'd do them in a curry, I would have thought that they'd turn to mush.
     
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    GQgeek . . . as I recall, Grandfather liked his brains, braised. I'll look for the recipe.
     
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    I used to eat lamb brains when i was younger .. my dad really liked them - as far as i know, it is a fairly popular dish in lebanon. Haven't had them in a few years. My mum used to fry them with garlic, then squeeze lemon juice over them. We'd eat them with lebanese bread.... i remember a soft texture, like a slightly firm paste.
     
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    Plenty of fish, crab and shrimp brains. Mammal brains? Not yet.
     
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    I have had pig brains.
     
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