How to cook tongue? That is the question I would like to ponder in this post. Is there a way to make it edible without gagging? Now I know many people love tongue especially those that have been brought up eating it. It's an acquired taste shall we say? At the restaurant I cook at we make it once a week for staff dinner. And now that I'm at the meat station that job is mine, mine all mine. To cook tongue. There is a God afterall.
I always watch in awe as our thirty-six young chefs wolf it down. But me, well, my own tongue does this weird thing whenever I try to take a bite. It kind of balls up in the back of my throat terrified that I might mistake the cows tongue for my own tongue and swallow itself. Then my throat just simply closes, shuts down, fermez la porte and I have to spit it out before the rest of the contents in my stomach come forward in a desperate attempt to force my tongue back in the direction it was intended to be all along – lying horizontally flat.
However, correctly prepared it should cut easily and have a texture similar to beef brisket – kind of stringy. The two most difficult parts are peeling the skin off the tongue (I did not include picture, I thought I'd save you the horror) and cutting it. There's something about slicing that makes my own tongue just quiver.
See? It doesn't look too bad once prepared right. It could be mistaken for beef to the slightly inebriated eye. And the vinagrette that goes with it is delicious and hides most of the flavor (so I'm told). Well to all you tongue lovers out there....this is how we do...
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1 Cow's tongue
2 Carrots, peeled and left whole
3 Leeks whole
6 Black peppercorns
4 Tablespoons gros salt (rock salt)
Water to cover tongue by 4 inches
1 Tablespoon capers, crushed and chopped
5 Cornichon pickle,s finely chopped
1 Hard boiled egg, finely chopped
1 Egg Yolk
1 Tablespoon dijon mustard
1/4 Cup sherry vinegar
3/4 Cup olive oil
1/2 bunch Italian parsley chopped
1. Place all ingredients for tongue into a big pot and turn onto boil. Once boiled turn down heat a little and continue to boil for 4 hours. If needed add more water to insure that there is always water covering the tongue.
2. After 4 hours check for doneness by inserting a pick. If it slides through easily (like when testing a potato) then it is done.
3. Remove and let cool a little. Reserve carrots if you want to serve with tongue. Peel off the white skin and try not to gag.
4. Cut into 1/2" slices and place on a baking tray. It can be reheated later if necessary.
5. For vinagrette: whisk egg yolk in a mixing bowl and add a pinch of salt and pepper. Whisk in mustard. Drizzle in olive oil (like making mayonnaise) while continuing to whisk briskly. Then add vinegar. Stir in capers, cornichon pickles, hard boiled egg, and parsley.
6. Serve vinagrette over tongue if you're trying to disguise it or along side.