Beef tongue is a delicious, delicate, nutritious delicacy that is used as an independent dish - in the form of a favorite snack of many, present on almost every festive table, served with horseradish or mustard, as well as in many salads and other snacks. It is sold, as a rule, fresh or frozen.
Compared to other similar by-products, such as pork or lamb, boiled beef tongue, the recipe for which we will consider in this article, has a higher nutritional value. The tongue is considered a dietary dish that is recommended in many common diets for various diseases. For example, due to the fact that it contains a large amount of iron and protein, the use of the tongue is necessary in case of anemia, as well as in the recovery period after surgery. In addition, it is recommended for the nutrition of lactating and pregnant women and children, who especially need an increased replenishment of the reserves of these elements necessary for the body. Large amounts of B vitamins and zinc also add value to the beef tongue. 100 grams of the product contains the daily value of vitamin B12 and 40% of the daily value of zinc. And, of course, these are far from all of its useful properties, but this is already enough to understand how useful it is to include this delicious product in the menu.
There are a lot of dishes containing it. And most often the tongue must first be boiled. That is why information on how to cook boiled beef tongue will be especially valuable. And the recipes that contain it are the next step in the compilation of the menu.
Recipe: Boiled Beef Tongue
To get started, you need a tongue and water. Pour the required amount of water into a saucepan and put it on fire. The Boiled Beef Tongue recipe begins with the preparation of the main product - the tongue. It must be thoroughly rinsed under running water. Excessive zeal is not necessary - the layer covering it will be completely removed after the end of cooking.
Place your tongue in already hot water. It will be useful to place onions, carrots, parsley root, celery in a saucepan. The boiling tongue will gladly absorb their aroma, acquiring an amazing shade of taste. All these spices need to be washed and peeled, but finely chopped is completely unnecessary. You just need to peel the onion and place it whole in the broth, cut the carrots into large pieces.
Bring the water to a boil over high heat, then reduce it to medium and let it simmer for a long time. Cooking time for beef tongue is 2,5-3 hours. The Boiled Beef Tongue recipe is also suitable for cooking a more tender veal tongue, but the cooking time will be reduced to about 2 hours. Readiness should be checked, as when cooking meat, by piercing the tip of the tongue with a fork. When the tongue is ready, the fork will pierce it easily. About 30 minutes before the end, salt water to taste and add peppercorns and bay leaf to it.
When there is no doubt about the degree of readiness, turn off the heat, remove the prepared tongue from the water and place it in a bowl filled with cold water. After the tongue has been in this position for a while, the skin covering it will easily come off if you pry it off with a knife. Clean your tongue completely and place it back briefly in the flavorful broth in which it was boiled.
That's the whole recipe! The boiled beef tongue is completely ready. You can now chill it and cut it into slices as a stand-alone snack, or start preparing a dish that will contain it.