Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Tongue or Lengua

Ok, first of all some of your are going eeeeuuuuggg.
Well have you ever tried it?

If you haven't you owe it to yourself to try it first before whining about it!

It's pretty easy to make although a little time consuming it is great both served warm and cold. One of my favorite tacos is Tacos de Lengua which is tasty and loaded with tender tongue meat.....umm.

To Start:

Fill a large pot with water enough to cover the meat, add a onion some peppercorns and put on the stove over medium heat.

When it boils, lower the heat to a gentle simmer and go read a book.
Or you can even take a nap.
After about 2 hours, take a look and check it. If the water has been reduced too much go ahead and add a little more water in order to cover the meat again.

To check to see if it is done, take a serrated steak knife and jab into the thickest parts.
IF the knife goes in easy it is done, if it offers some resistance then let it cook some more.

Once cooked you can drain the pot and let the tongue cool so that you can work with it.

Take a shape knife and trim the outside skin off the whole tongue. You will see that the outside skin is extremely tough like leather. It is pretty easy to remove with a sharp knife.

After you have trimmed the outside skin off, you can slice it into serving pieces of about 1/2 inch thick.

Stuff you will need:

2 lb beef tongue
1 onion
1 tbs peppercorns
2 tbs salt.

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