Cooking Beef Tongue

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Jan 26, 2011
Best sauce to serve with beef tongue
by: Chef Thom

This dish is GREAT served with Bearnaise sauce.

Mar 10, 2010
How to cook Beef Tongue
by: Russ

How To Cook Beef Tongue

Many people enjoy tongue, whether it is beef, pork or calve's, and all are relatively cheap to purchase. Preparation and cooking are as easy as it gets. For the best texture try finding a tongue fewer than three pounds. Tongue can be cooked several ways including smoked, boiled and pickled. We will be using the boiling methods in this recipe. It can be served warm as part of a boiled dinner or cold like cold cuts for sandwiches.

The most important thing to remember is that slow cooking is the key to making a potentially tough piece of meat melt-in-your-mouth tender.

Difficulty: Moderately


Things You'll Need:

Tongue (Three pounds or less)
Large pan with lid
Several Carrots, Onions and Celery
Several Garlic cloves, Peppercorns, Bay leaves
Kitchen Shears
Scrubbing brush

How To Cook Beef Tongue

Step 1 - After choosing a tongue three pounds or less scrub it thoroughly with a kitchen brush. Next soak in cold water for approximately two hours changing the water frequently to remove excess salt.

Step 2 - Remove from the water rinse and return to the pan making sure the water covers the tongue by at least two inches. Add seasonings of your choice. Typically these would include carrots, celery, onions, peppercorns and several bay leaves. Garlic and cloves can also be added.

Step 3 - Cover pot and bring to a boil then reduce and cook till tender.

Step 4 - You will want to take a knife and cut into the top of the tongue just into the meaty part. Remove and discard the outer portion of the Beef Tongue (it's tough and doesn't taste good.)
Do take your time when cooking it (simmer it at a low temperature keep it covered with liquid) and make sure it's nice and tender.

Once cooked it makes for an incredible dinner entree, delicious tacos and sandwiches. Enjoy!

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