Brain Popcorn w Smoked Chilli Mayo

 Here’s one of the recipes from my most recent Offal cooking class. There’s no fundamental difference in offal from any other cut of meat (it all comes from an animal) and if cooked right can be delicious. Lamb’s brains and sweetbreads are two really non confronting types of offal and lend themselves really well to crumbing and here I have served with a smoky chilli mayo which you could also serve with anything deep fried.

Brain popcorn w smoked chilli mayo
Serves 4
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
45 min
Court Bouillon
  1. 1lt water
  2. ½ onion
  3. 1 celery stick
  4. 2 bay leaves
  5. 1/2tsp pepper corns
  6. 1tsp salt
Smoked Chilli Mayo
  1. 2 yolks
  2. 1 whole egg
  3. 1tsp tabasco sauce
  4. 1/2 garlic clove
  5. Juice of 1 lemon
  6. 200ml canola oil
  7. 60ml olive oil
  8. Salt and pepper
  9. 1/4tsp Chilli powder
  10. Dash smoke essence
Crumbed Brains
  1. 250g Lamb's Brains
  2. 1 Egg
  3. 100g Flour
  4. 100g Panko bread crumbs
For the Brains
  1. Firstly make the court bouillon by roughly chopping the vegetables and combining all the ingredients in a pot. Bring to the boil and then drop to the simmer. Add the brains and simmer for a 3-5mins until they are just set. Remove and place on a tray and chill.
For the Mayo
  1. Combine all ingredients except the oil and smoke essence in a food processor. Slowly add the oil while blending to emulsify. Add smoke essence to taste and more tabasco/chilli powder if more heat is desired. Season. Add warm water at the end for consistency if necessary.
To Finish
  1. Whisk the egg with a little water. Crumb the brains by first dredging in the flour, then the egg and finally in the panko bread crumbs. Shallow fry or deep fry in oil until crispy, drain on paper and season.
MacLean Fraser

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