Sweetbreads in Parsley and Garlic
Many people think of sweetbread (mollejas) as an exotic ingredient served only at upscale restaurants, but they are actually simple to prepare at home. Lamb sweetbreads are harder to find than those from a calf; if using them, omit the first step in this recipe in which the mollejas are simmered for 10 minutes, as the more delicate lamb sweetbreads don't require it.
In a large saucepan, combine the sweetbreads with water to cover by 1 inch. Add the onions, and leek and bring to a boil over high heat. Decrease the heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes, or until the sweetbreads turn whitish. Drain and discard the onion and leek.
Rinse the sweetbreads under cold running water. Trim away any fat and peel off the outer membrane. Pat dry on paper towels. Dice the sweetbreads into 1-inch cubes.
Season the sweetbread cubes with salt and sprinkle with the garlic and parsley. Spread the breadcrumbs in a shallow dish. Roll the sweetbreads in the breadcrumbs to coat evenly on all sides.
In a skillet, heat the olive oil over high heat. Add the sweetbreads, and sautee, stirring gently for 5 or 6 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy. Serve immediately.
Madrid has always had a magnetic effect on the remaining Spanish regions. Whether due to the fascination for the Court, or to look for work and a better future than that offered in the countryside, over the years this region and the capital of Spain has become a melting pot of people, cultures and gastronomies. Madrid accepts all types of influences from all types of cooking. It does have its own dishes which, although they did not originate in this area, have become "madrileño" over time.
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Tapas are Spain's greatest food invention. "Eat when you drink, drink when you eat" is the philosophy. Spanish men traditionally drink outside the home and rarely alone. They are not meant to be a meal (although a ración is a substantial portion). One tapa per person and a different one with each drink is the idea, then everyone enjoys tasting and sharing.