Recipe courtesy of Joachim B Splichal

Aspic of Slow-Simmered Veal with Crisp Sweetbreads and Black Trumpet Mushrooms

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 36 min
  • Prep: 30 min
  • Cook: 6 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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3 ounces veal consomme

2 sheets gelatin, bloomed

Leek greens, for assembly

6 ounces slow-simmered veal top round, sliced very thinly

5 ounces root vegetables, such as carrot, celeriac, and kohlrabi, sliced thinly and blanched


3 ounces poached and cleaned sweetbreads

1 tablespoon butter

2 tablespoons safflower oil

2 ounces black trumpet mushrooms

1 tablespoon Champagne vinegar

1 tablespoon vegetable brunoise (1/8-inch cubes)

2 tablespoons Napa Valley Blanc de Blanc sparkling wine

Serve with: Bouquet of microgreens


  1. To make the aspic: Heat consomme, add bloomed gelatin. Let cool slightly but not enough to set. Lay a slice of leek inside a 3-inch ring mold. Assemble the chartreux by using one layer of meat, pour on a thin layer of consomme, and then a layer of vegetables, continuing to the top of the mold. Chill down in refrigerator until the gelatin sets. Repeat with 3 more molds.
  2. To make the vinaigrette: In a small skillet, sear the poached sweetbread pearls in the butter. Put aside and keep warm.
  3. In another skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil and sweat the black trumpets until softened but not browned. Add the vinegar, scraping the pan to deglaze any drippings, and then add the sparkling wine, the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil, and the vegetable brunoise. Just before serving, add the warm sweetbreads.

To serve:

  1. Toss the microgreens with a little vinaigrette. Put the chartreux in the middle of the plate, drizzle some of the warm vinaigrette around, and garnish with a little bouquet of the salad.