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Beef Tongue...Love it or hate it?

I'm a really big fan of beef tongue. I go to the store and buy the whole tongue...about 2-3lbs...boil it in some beef broth, water, carrots, garlic, celery, salt, pepper and a bay leaf. 2 and half hours later....DELICIOUS GOODNESS!! I peel that super think skin off ( feels like leather ) slice it up and eat it straight or i make curry with it.

Everytime any of my friends see me cooking it, they can not pull it together to even bother trying it. Oh well, more for me!

What do you guys think?

Does the whole tongue freak you out?

What else do you eat tongue with other than Lengua tacos, Sandwich's and my favorite..Curry and white rice.

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  1. Pastrami, Tongue and Chopped Chicken Livers on Rye with Sliced Bermuda Onions. Deli mustard of course with a Green Tomato and New Pickles.

    One of my top five favorite sandwiches.....especially when I get it from Katz's.

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    1. re: fourunder

      Yes, I eat mine in a similar way. Cold, on rye with mustard.. yumm!!

    2. One of the great things in life. I like mine with boiled new potatoes.

      I much prefer smoked tongue but it seems to have disappeared from the face of the earth. The last one I found (about 10 years ago) cost me $38 for a small one. Fortunately, tongue is popular in the Hispanic community and I have come up with a recipe for a faux smoked tongue in a pressure cooker.

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      1. re: OnkleWillie

        OnkleWillie, you need a smoker. Smoking tongue is super easy. We would also lightly pickle the tongue. We sliced it superthin, served on baguette slices with warm beet salad, ummmmm.

      2. Interesting! Never had Smoked Tongue before. I def need to try that!

        1. I miss it! My mother used to make 'boiled' tongue about twice a month (way back in the '50's - '60's in Indiana) it was cheap and delicious meat ... I have problems finding it now except for a few Mexican markets here in SoCal. We ate it with Heinz Ketchup mixed with horseradish - cocktail sauce for the mammalian! And sandwiches with hot sweet mustard the next day!

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          1. re: OCEllen

            I go to 99 Ranch Market and they always have it. It's about $3 a pound. So you're looking about $8 - $9 for a whole tongue. Not bad for the most tender meat EVER! =)

            1. re: E Eto

              I love tongue. Love it grilled at japanese ramen shops here in NYC, love it in headcheese I buy at Gold Label in Brighton Beach and love it in a stew I make often (but mostly with pork tongue) with onions, tomato sauce and olives. No problem eating it boiled either.

              1. re: RedVelvet

                Never tried Japanese tongue, but would like to. Which ramen shops serve it in NYC?

                1. re: Barry Strugatz

                  Men Kui Tei on Cooper Sq. makes the most tender one. Menchanko Tei has is on the special menu also.