Quebec Grain-Fed Veal Sweetbreads Braised in Domaine Pinacle Ice Cider

Type of cut: variety meats

Yield: 4 servings

Degree of difficulty: chef

Preparation: 1 hour

Standing time: 8 to 12 hours

Cooking: 1 hour 15 minutes

Cooking method: braising


  • 1.2 kg (2 1/2 lb) Quebec Grain-Fed Veal sweetbreads
  • 2 green onions, minced
  • 1 bottle Domaine Pinacle ice cider
  • 500 ml (2 cups) veal stock
  • 125 g (1/4 cup) butter
  • Flour 
  • 4 potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 4 leeks, white section only, cut length-wise and tied in a bundle
  • 4 carrots, diced
  • 12 Brussel sprouts
  • 200 g (1/2 lb) yellow and green beans
  • 2 celery stalks, minced
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 1 carrots, minced
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 15 ml (1 tbsp) olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 branches of thyme
  • 1 glass of white wine


  1. Soak the sweetbreads submerged in ice water overnight in the refrigerator.
  2. The court-bouillon can also be prepared the day before. In a stock pot, sweat the minced vegetables in olive oil, but do not brown. Season vegetables and add herbs and the white wine. Add water to the three-quarter mark and simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Remove nerve fibre from the sweetbreads along with any fat covering the membrane. Poach in the court-bouillon for 20 minutes. Drain sweetbreads and place them weighted down in the refrigerator for a few hours. Poach the vegetables in the court-bouillon and remove while still somewhat undercooked. They will continue to cook when they are reheated.
  4. Preheat oven to 220°C (425°F). Cut the sweetbreads into cutlets, dredge them in flower then sear in very hot skillet. Add the minced shallots, and quickly deglaze with ice cider. Reduce by half. Add the veal stock, bring to boil and place in oven. Cook for 20 minutes basting the sweetbreads a few times with the cooking juices. Transfer sweetbreads to a serving platter and keep warm.
  5. Reheat the vegetables in the court-bouillon and arrange them around the sweetbreads on the platter. Reduce the sauce, thickening it with a knob of butter. Coat the sweetbreads and serve.

Wine pairing

© Société des alcools du Québec, Montréal, 2007, 2011


Recipe provided by Pierre Tétreault, chef-owner of the Auberge St-Amour.