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Get a brain - Creier Pane
Member Name: dangaroo
Date: 29/06/08, updated on 29/06/08 (458 review reads)
Advantages: Very tasty unlike other organs, cheap
Disadvantages: Well it's not for woose carnivores or vegetarians and I don't think it makes you smarter
A meal I came across in Romania that took my curiosity was "Creier pane", definitely not one for those who are fussy. Creier pane is a bit of a delicacy that is regularly ate at Easter, it is breaded brain but don't worry it's not Einstein's, it's either beef, pork or veal (the latter I refuse to eat). Now I'm not so sure how easy it i to "get a brain" in the UK, but I'm sure if you find out there will be plenty of chavs awaiting the news! Probably likely to find one in the butchers I suppose.
I didn't know what to expect from brain and was pleasantly surprised that it didn't really have that bizarre organ taste like chicken kidneys or livers or the cow parts that we used to cook for the dog which might be healthy but tasty pretty revolting, instead it tasted more like mash potato with a meaty and herby taste. Very smooth, almost like rice pudding!
I looked into how to cook Creier Pane and it's incredibly easy, I imagine it's also amazingly cheap as well and brain being one of the most nutritious parts it's also pretty good for you (or would be if it wasn't fried!)
So here is what to do..
1 Beef or 2 Veal or Pork brains,
2 tablespoons flour,
4 tablespoons bread crumbs,
2 tablespoons butter or lard,
saute of green peas or carrots or green beans
So firstly boil the brain, let it cool off (you'll be surprised of the eat that it can store), then cut it into fingersized slices, salt, use a choice of herbs and pepper to make it tasteful, dredge with egg, then flour, egg again and finally roll it in bread crumbs.
Fry in hot lard or butter.
Then serve with a saute of greens peas, carrots or green beans.
Surprisingly tasty and definitely worth a try for the more adventurous.
Summary: A pleasant surprise