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Calf Brain Spread – Authentic Romanian Recipe

by Andreea Laza

If you haven’t yet tried the calf brain spread, this is the best time to try this ancient recipe from Eastern Europe, Romania. Here, the calf brain is an exquisite ingredient used to make calf brain spread, pane brain, or prepared with eggs to make a delicious calf brain and eggs scramble.

How Does Calf Brain Taste Like?

Calf Brain Spread - Authentic Romanian Recipe

Calf brain has a tint of the liver, like foie gras aroma, but it is much finer in texture, and when cooked, it becomes buttery and simply melts in your mouth. Served with chopped red onion, is absolutely amazing. Hence, the calf brain spread is really a delicious recipe that any meat lover should try. If you want to prepare this spread following the authentic ancient Romanian recipe, here is how you can make it at home.

Let’s get cooking! ?

Calf Brain Spread Recipe

Try the calf brain spread following the authentic Romanian recipe.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Balkan, European, Romanian
Keyword calf brain recipes, calf brain spread, how to cook calf brain, how to cook brain, calf brain spread recipe, calf brain appetizers, calf brain paste recipe, calf brain cooking
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings


  • 1 Calf brain
  • 1 Slice of bread soaked in milk
  • 100 ml Sunflower oil
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  • Keep the calf brain in cold water for at least an hour for all the blood and lood clots to come out. Change the water once or twice. Remove the brain from the water and remove the thin skin on top slowly so that the brain does not crumble. Wash it once more and put it to boil in lukewarm water, with salt and very little apple vinegar. Simmer for 20 minutes. Drain and the calf brain is ready.
  • After the brain has cooled down, combine it well with the slice of bread soaked in milk using a wooden spoon. Add oil little by little, as if you were making mayonnaise.
  • Season with fresh lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste and serve on a serving dish, with lettuce and olives, or with some finely chopped red onion sprinkled on top. Delicious!

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