March 3, 2004

Cow brain sandwiches

A southern Indiana specialty -- battered and deep-fried brains-on-a-bun. Old news, but Glenn Reynolds' post on Mad Cow fears and the possible effect on the popularity of ostrich and buffalo "alterna-burgers" just asked for a counterexample.

Which suddenly reminds me of a meal in Normandy when I was a boy, where my mother ordered off the handwritten menu without quite understanding the scrawl, and ended up with a sheep's brain, served quite intact. . .

Posted by David on March 3, 2004 9:49 PM


Whatcha talkin' about? Brain sautee rules! Ditto for tongue vinaigrette, barbecued kidneys and intestin (big & small), stomach stew a.k.a. menudo (and the cow has 4 of them!), sweetbread (pancreas), broiled liver w/garlic, blood sausage, etc. The cow's innards are full of yummy greasy goodnes; the only downside is that they come with 2x the cholesterol :-(

Posted by: x on March 4, 2004 2:11 AM

Of all the cow parts that can be "associated" with passing "mad cow" on to people who eat them, the brain is the one that actually can do it.

I'm just sayin'...

Posted by: McGehee on March 4, 2004 8:35 AM

This is one doctor who sides with McGehee... If ANYTHING can pass Mad Cow to humans, its eating bovine brain!

No Bovine Excreta! Its dangerous to eat bovine brain.

Posted by: SharpShooter on March 4, 2004 10:22 AM

There are no documented cases of a person getting CJD from eating cow. It is suspected, but there is no actual data that says so.

At least, that's my understanding. Feel free to show some data that says otherwise.

Posted by: Deoxy on March 4, 2004 5:33 PM

The problem with cow brains is not the problem. The problem is that the brains are not coming from "verifiably" acceptible cows....

Posted by: John J. Jingleheimer on June 3, 2006 3:58 AM
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