Have You Ever Tried Beef Tongue?

by - August 24, 2019

If you are searching for the tastiest beef, you may consider a nice piece of rib eye or sirloin. But, have you ever thought about eating an unconventional cut, such as beef tongue? If you walk into any restaurant you will find steak on the menu, but some of the best establishments also follow a nose to tail philosophy. This means that they believe in eating the entire animal so that nothing goes to waste. Not only is this more economical, but it allows diners to experiment with dishes that are surprisingly delicious.

Beef tongue is enjoyed in numerous countries, from Japan to Ukraine. In Mexican cuisine it is widely enjoyed and often served in burritos and tacos. In North America it is the main ingredient in the popular tongue toast, which is an open-faced sandwich that is enjoyed for dinner, lunch and even breakfast. The dish gyutan, which is a part of Japanese cuisine, is made of grilled beef tongue. In Belgium, the meat is served in a Madeira sauce and served alongside mushrooms, whilst pot roast tongue is a popular dish in Puerto Rico.

A lot of people liken beef tongue to brisket; it boasts a melt-in-your-mouth texture and a delicious flavor, just like some of the finest cuts of beef. Some people may need to get themselves psyched up to cook tongue, as the thought can be a little bit off putting, but once you have tried it the first time you’re guaranteed to keep coming back for more and more. Not only does it taste great, but also there are many health benefits associated with beef tongue too, as it’s packed with nutrients. It is an excellent source of vitamin B12 in particular, while also being a good source of collagen, selenium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, B3, B2 and choline.

How to prepare beef tongue

You need to make sure you wash the tongue thoroughly before cooking. One easy option is to grill this meat. Click here to read up on the big Joe from Amado Joe for a good cooking grill to use. Or, what about low cooking the beef tongue? Fill a pot with water and place the tongue inside, covering the pot once you’re done. No doubt you will want to season the water. There are plenty of different herbs and ingredients you can use, such as oregano, sliced onion, crushed garlic, whole peppercorns and bay leaves. 

Put the hob on a medium-low heat and allow the tongue to simmer for a few hours. The length of cooking time depends on the size of the meat. Generally you can estimate that it will take an hour per every pound of tongue, however you can tell when the meat is ready because you will be able to easily pierce it and the skin will have turned white. Once cooked, you’ll need to peel the skin off and then the rest is up to you. You could add to tacos, like they do in Mexico, or you could fry it in a skillet or place in a slow cooker. The options are endless. 

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