Hemp-Smoked Seitan Sweetbreads with Sun-Dried Wheatgrass Liver

Hemp-Smoked Seitan Sweetbreads with Sun-Dried Wheatgrass Liver
Hemp-Smoked Seitan Sweetbreads with Sun-Dried Wheatgrass Liver

Jane Bruce

In her breathlessly anticipated new cookbook, Organs for Vegans, actress and Spanish food expert Gwyneth Paltrow offers this difficult-to-make and frankly not very tasty mélange of vegetable innards. "People are surprised when they learn that non-meat offal even exists," says the lithe blonde, who writes her own cookbooks. "But think about it: cabbage has heads, artichokes have hearts, so why shouldn't wheatgrass have a liver?" In addition to this unusual "sweetbread" and "liver" preparation, Paltrow offers recipes for such unexpected delights as Parsnip Spleen Croquettes, Kohlrabi Jowl Sliders with Chia Mayonnaise, and, for readers with a sweet tooth, an agave-syrup-sweetened Loquat Kidney Upside-Down Cake.


Hemp-smoked seitan sweetbreads and sun-dried wheatgrass liver are available in the health-food section of most really pretentious supermarkets (April Fool's).


  • hemp-smoked seitan sweetbreads
  • sun-dried wheatgrass liver
  • Dash of  kale, julienned
  • açai juice
  • lightly toasted fennel pollen


Combine seitan sweetbreads, wheatgrass liver, kale, and açai juice in a really big blender or food processor and process until liquified.

Pour mixture into a Dutch oven or really big pot, cover, and simmer over really low heat for eight hours.

Stir in fennel pollen, form mixture into patties, and grill on the wood-burning oven in your back yard until blackened and inedible.

Order a pepperoni and sausage pizza with extra cheese (April Fool's).

Seitan Shopping Tip

As an alternative to sugary, salty, processed foods, try shopping for fruits and vegetables that are in season.

Seitan Cooking Tip

For a healthier alternative, substitute honey or molasses for sugar in baking recipes, and use a 3:1 blend of canola oil to olive oil instead of butter when cooking over the flame.