beef tongue with fresh crimini mushrooms
Ox, beef, or pork tongue stew is a popular dish in the Philippines because Filipinos love their offal. When I first saw and tried this dish as a child I was freaked out; it felt like I was eating my own tongue. I never ate nor cooked the thing again until about 5 years ago and this is only the second time I made this dish. I sliced the meat and fried them a little before briefly cooking in the sauce as opposed to stewing the whole tongue in the sauce.
It takes a long time to boil the tongue but it came out very tender and delicious with baby portabella/crimini mushrooms. Next time I'll pickle some pork tongues for Italian style sandwich.
Beef Tongue In Mushroom Sauce
1 beef tongue
1 medium onion, quartered
1 small carrot, scraped and sliced into 1-inch pieces
1 bay leaf
1 tablespoon salt
¼ teaspoon whole black peppercorns
2 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 tablespoon flour
2 cups sliced crimini
1 bay leaf
2 cups reserved stock
salt and ground black pepper to taste
a few sprigs fresh thyme leaves
- Rinse tongue in water, brush well, and place in a large pot, then add water to cover. Turn heat to high and boil tongue for 2 minutes. Drain and rinse the tongue again in water. Rinse the pot, put back the tongue and add water to cover. Boil tongue with onion, carrot, bay leaf, salt, and black peppercorns. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 2 - 3 hours or until tender. Transfer the tongue to a cutting board, tent with aluminum foil and set aside to cool. Strain and reserve the stock.
- Peel and discard the tongue's skin. Cut the meat into ¼ to ½ inch thick slices. Heat 1 tablespoon butter and fry the slices until light brown.
- Melt the remaining butter and olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Saute the onion until well browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and saute an additional 2 minutes. Add the mushrooms and bay leaf and saute 2 minutes longer. Add the flour and stir fry for 2 minutes. Slowly add the reserved stock, stirring frequently. Then add the tongue, reserved stock, and thyme. Simmer, covered, for 5 minutes. Taste the sauce and adjust seasoning. Serve hot with steamed rice.