Since I live in Chelsea, I do most of meat shopping at Western Beef, where there are quite a few different parts of every kind of meat. Also the price is soo great. You can buy a whole rack of prime rib for $100. I am talking about the whole rack, not 5 bones. If you have a large party, WB is the place to shop.
I was in the meat isle (it is actually a big ass fridge, and it's always 35 degrees) and found a beautiful beef tongue. I guess I shouldn't call a beef tongue beautiful... I had been thinking about making stew so I bought it. The whole thing was like $10, cheap right?
As you can imagine from your own tongue, the surface is very tough, and it looks absolutely gross. I showed it to my bf, and he almost barfed...
4 hours slow cooking later with lots of good ingredients, very tender meat was served (only for me).
Recipe is something like this:
- 1 beef tongue
- 3 cans of demi glas sauce (you can buy this at Japanese grocery store)
- 1 large onion
- 1 leek
- 2 carrots
- 2 stalks of celery
- 2 cups of red wine
- Bay leaf
- salt and pepper
Boil tongue for 5 minutes, then discard the water. Add all the ingredients and pour water to cover the meat. Slowly cook it for about 4 hours. Take the meat out, cool a bit, then peel the skin off (this was VERY disgusting, but definitely needed). Cut it into individual size. I used hand blender and blend everything into a thick sauce. Put meat back in, cook for about 20 minutes so that meat absorbs the sauce. Serve with rice or mashed potato.
There will be a lot of sauce left, and you can make the best hayashi rice with it (hayashi rice is somewhat similar to Japanese curry, with thinly sliced beef and onion).