Now, give yourself a mental pep talk…
“that is beef. a muscle. just like any other beef cut. don’t think of the ‘t’ word. its just beef. a delicacy in other countries. higher in protein and b-12. really good for me to eat. that’s beef“
Still with me? Good… read on!
1) Rinse off the tongue.
It is a good idea to wash off the tongue. If you really can’t handle touching it… wear some gloves or ask someone to do it for you.
Wash the tongue under running water until the water runs clear and there’s no blood.
2) Cut glands off at the base of the tongue.
This step is really optional. Some like to cut it off, others leave it on.
I’ve done both and found that the glands are really soft & fatty when cooked. If that doesn’t sound appealing to you, cut it off before cooking.
3) Cook the tongue.
When properly cooked… tongue is delicious.
Here are three important notes to remember when cooking the tongue…
1) You can cook the tongue in two ways… let it cook slowly in your crock pot or simmer in your stock pot. Both ways will give you soft and tender beef that is versatile and yummy.
2) For the liquid base, use either beef stock or water. I’ve done both and prefer the stock for a richer flavor.
3) It is important to add in a mixture of savory & sweet veggies and spices to enhance the flavor. I like to use onions, carrots, garlic, peppercorn, bay leaves and sea salt.
Beef Stock Method:
Whenever I am making a large batch of beef stock (I let it simmer for up to 3 days!), I like to throw in the tongues and let it simmer overnight. In the picture below, I was making a small batch of beef broth and threw in a tongue to cook overnight.
If you already have beef stock made… put the tongue in your choice of crock pot or stockpot, cover with stock, add in veggies & spices and cook until done.
Put your tongue in a small stock pot or crock pot, cover with enough water, add in the above suggested veggies & spices and cook until done.
For a chopped tongue… cook it for 3-4 hours. For a shredded tongue… cook for 6-8 hours or overnight.
Wondering what to do with the leftover broth? You can toss it out, but I like to save it and use it in my spaghetti sauce, homemade chili or soup.
4) Peel the skin off.
5) Chop or shred up the tongue.
There you go! You now have chopped or shredded tongue ready to be used however you want. You can make tacos, sandwiches, egg bake, empanadas, stews, soups, chili or whatever… it is a very versatile meat!!
Think you can go for it now?