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Grilled Sweetbreads with Sweet-and-Sour Bacon Dressing

By July 2, 2014February 18th, 2023Uncategorized

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Grilled Sweetbreads


Sweetbreads sound like a carb nightmare doesn’t it? But don’t be fooled, this recipe is not filled with sugar nor bread. Sweetbreads are a super nutritious treat that I suggest not even telling your dinner guests what they are until they try it. Sweetbreads are the thalamus or pancreas part of an animal.  Sounds crazy right? But most people are missing a key fat-soluble vitamin called vitamin K2. A great protein and fat source for a keto-adapted diet is organic organ meat because it is one of the only natural sources of K2 (which is different than K1). K1 is a blood clotter, K2 helps reverse artery calcification, reverse Alzheimer’s, increases fertility and has anti-aging properties as well as many other healing properties.

Sweetbreads are often poached whole, then sliced and sautéed. But I suggest to only poach them for a few minutes, then separate the “nuggets” and grill them. This eliminates the “mealy” consistency they can often have as well as it also giving the sweetbread a crispy tasty crust to contrast with the creamy inside. If you introduce to your family and guests to sweetbreads cooked this way, they will think you’re a culinary genius because you have just served them something they thought they would despise!

Grilled Sweetbreads

Grilled Shrimp and Sweetbreads with Sweet-and-Sour Bacon Dressing

Maria Emmerich
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine French
Servings 6


  • ¼ cup coconut vinegar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 lb veal sweetbreads
  • 1 lb large shrimp raw
  • Celtic sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste
  • ½ cup MCT or macadamia nut oil
  • 1 lb cabbage shredded
  • 4 slices sugar free bacon diced small
  • 1 tsp Natural Sweetener
  • 3 TBS balsamic vinegar


  • Preheat grill.
  • In a large saucepan, bring the vinegar, bay leaf, and enough water to cover the sweetbreads to a boil over high heat.
  • Add the sweetbreads and salt and pepper, lower the heat so that the water barely simmers, and poach gently for 10 minutes; drain and place the sweetbreads in a bowl of ice water to cool.
  • When the sweetbreads are completely cooled, drain them, dry them with paper towels, and remove as much of the membrane as possible.
  • Separate the sweetbread into nuggets.
  • Toss the sweetbread nuggets and the raw shrimp gently with ¼ cup of the oil, and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Thread the sweetbreads and raw shrimp onto six skewers (one per serving) and refrigerate.
  • Place the cabbage in a large bowl.
  • In a large sauté pan, cook the bacon slowly over medium heat until it is crisp and golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Drain off and discard all but 3 tablespoons of the fat, leaving the bacon in the pan. Add the natural sweetener, the remaining ¼ cup oil, and the balsamic vinegar to the pan and bring to a boil. Pour the hot dressing over the cabbage, tossing to wilt the cabbage and coat it with the dressing.
  • Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
  • When the fire has died down and the coals are medium-hot (you can hold your hand 5 inches above the surface of the grill for 3 to 4 seconds), place the skewers on the grill and cook until well seared and crisp on the outside, 4 to 5 minutes per side.
  • To check for doneness, nick, peek, and cheat: Make a ¼-inch cut in the thickest part of one of the sweetbread nuggets; it should be warm throughout with no red, only the faintest trace of pink.
  • When the sweetbreads are fully cooked, remove them from the heat and let them rest for 5 minutes.
  • To serve, place some cabbage on each plate and top with a sweetbread skewer.


Traditional Skewers = 378 calories, 24.9g fat, 27.7g protein, 11g carbs, 1.9g fiber
"Healthified" Skewers = 358 calories, 24.9g fat, 27.7g protein, 5.8g carbs, 1.9g fiber
(62.6% fat, 30.9% protein, 6.5% carbs)

Grilled Sweetbreads


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Grilled Sweetbreads


Maria Emmerich

Maria is a wellness expert who has helped clients follow a Ketogenic lifestyle to heal and lose weight for over 20 years. She has helped thousands of clients get healthy, get off medications and heal their bodies; losing weight is just a bonus. She is the international best selling author of several books including "Keto: The Complete Guide to Success on the Ketogenic Diet.".


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