My sister, Karen, and I were at the Christmas breakfast table reminiscing as one does. The subject of beef tongue came up. Our mother, Claudia, would make beef tongue occasionally as we were growing up. I decided to whip some up to go with the Chickyssoise I was making for dinner.
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The best pickled tongue I ever had was at a Basque restaurant in Fresno, California. The worst pickled tongue I ever had was at a Basque restaurant in Fresno. Done right this dish is a Tasty delight. Done wrong it is horrid.
Jan and Eilene are off in England for a conference so I decided to make beef tongue. A three pound tongue is a lot for one person to eat, so I am going to make as many variations as I have the tongue and the stomach for. Last night it was simple sliced tongue with mustard. Tonight it is Beef Tongue Tacos.
My mother, Claudia, did not make beef tongue very often, maybe only once or twice a year as I was growing up. Still we did have it and really liked it. I think the reason we did not have it very often is that it requires a long prep time and very slow cooking. With five hungry kids to feed it was just too much trouble to make as anything but a special treat. That is the childhood memory I am chasing.