Berkswell-crusted sous vide sweetbreads with green bean salad and watercress velouté

4
1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients

Sweetbreads

  • 300g of lamb sweetbreads, George gets his from HG Walter
  • 400ml of whole milk
  • plain flour, for coating
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 200g of fresh breadcrumbs
  • 200g of Berkswell cheese, finely grated
  • 3 sprigs of lemon thyme
  • 1 dash of olive oil
  • salt
  • white pepper
  • smoked paprika
  • vegetable oil, for deep-frying

Watercress velouté

  • 400g of watercress
  • 70g of leek, green part only, finely slicied
  • 1 shallot, finely sliced
  • 1l chicken stock
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • white pepper

Green bean salad

  • 150g of green beans, blanched in salted water for 2 minutes
  • 30g of hazelnuts
  • 1 pinch of chopped parsley
  • 2 cornichons, finely chopped
  • 10g of shallots, finely diced
  • 5g of spring onions, finely sliced
  • 1 pinch of chives, finely chopped

French dressing

  • 30g of Dijon mustard
  • 40g of olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 3 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • sherry vinegar, to taste
  • champagne vinegar, to taste
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

To garnish

  • watercress, small leaves only
  • hazelnut oil, for drizzling

Method

1
Pour the milk over the sweetbreads, ensuring they are completely submerged, then place in the fridge overnight
  • 400ml of whole milk
  • 300g of lamb sweetbreads
2
The next day, drain, rinse and pat the sweetbreads dry, then seal in a vacuum bag with a dash of olive oil and the thyme. Preheat a water bath to 63°C and cook the sweetbreads for 40 minutes
  • 3 sprigs of lemon thyme
  • 1 dash of olive oil
3
Meanwhile, prepare the velouté. Sweat the shallot in a dash of olive oil until soft and golden, then add the leeks and cook until they collapse. Add the stock, bring to the boil, then remove from the heat. Transfer the mixture to a blender, add the watercress and blitz until completely smooth. Pass the mixture through a fine sieve into a bowl set over ice (as this will keep the colour), then lightly season and set aside to cool to room temperature
  • olive oil
  • 1 shallot, finely sliced
  • 70g of leek, green part only, finely slicied
  • 1l chicken stock
  • 400g of watercress
  • salt
  • white pepper
4
Once the sweetbreads have cooked, remove the bag from the water bath and place into iced water to halt the cooking process. Remove the sweetbreads from the bag, trim off any sinew on the outsides of the sweetbreads, then pat dry and set aside
5
Make the French dressing by blitzing all the ingredients together in a blender until emulsified – start off with a little of the vinegars, then add more until you’re happy with the flavour. Set aside
  • 30g of Dijon mustard
  • 40g of olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 3 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • sherry vinegar, to taste
  • champagne vinegar, to taste
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
6
Set up a pane station by having a bowl of flour (seasoned with the salt, pepper and paprika), then a bowl of beaten egg, then a bowl of breadcrumbs mixed with the grated cheese. Bring a deep pan of oil to 180°C
  • plain flour, for coating
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 200g of fresh breadcrumbs
  • 200g of Berkswell cheese, finely grated
  • vegetable oil, for deep-frying
  • salt
  • white pepper
  • smoked paprika
7
Coat the sweetbreads in flour, then egg, then cheesy breadcrumbs, ensuring they are completely covered (you can double-coat them in egg and breadcrumbs to ensure a complete coverage). Deep-fry the sweetbreads until golden (you may need to do this in batches), then drain and lightly season
8
To serve, mix together all the ingredients for the green bean salad and toss in a little of the dressing. Pour a pool of the watercress velouté into the bottom of each bowl, then top with a large spoonful of the salad. Place some sweetbreads on top then garnish with the watercress leaves and a drizzle of hazelnut oil
  • 150g of green beans, blanched in salted water for 2 minutes
  • 30g of hazelnuts
  • 1 pinch of chopped parsley
  • 2 cornichons, finely chopped
  • 10g of shallots, finely diced
  • 5g of spring onions, finely sliced
  • 1 pinch of chives, finely chopped
  • watercress, small leaves only
  • hazelnut oil, for drizzling