Have you ever tried roasting bone marrow at home? When I mentioned doing so recently to some friends — foodie friends — they asked, “Yum?” And, yes, yum is right!
If you’ve never made it, you’re missing out on this nutrient-rich, delightfully decadent, surprisingly inexpensive and exceedingly simple dish. The trick is to avoid thinking about what exactly you’re eating.
Check with your meat provider to purchase marrow bones or purchase them at Whole Foods for $2.69/lb. Our CSA farmer raises cattle, so we order ours from him and keep a supply in the freezer. Whenever you have a good crusty loaf of bread, pull out a couple of bones and roast them for a little marrow to slather on the bread.
Anthony Bourdain made famous the parsley-caper-lemon salad that is now a standard accompaniment for roasted bone marrow. In Melanie Dunea’s book, My Last Supper, Bourdain cites this version from the dining room at St. John in London as his chosen last meal. The brightness and acidity of the lemon and parsley make it a nice contrast to the greasy-rich, beefy and buttery substance that you scoop out of the bones after they are roasted.
When I made this dish recently, I assembled a similar salad with components from my fridge and pantry. A full parsley salad would have depleted the entire supply in my garden, so I opted for a peppery arugula base. I added preserved lemon, sliced shallots, fried capers (you’ve got to try fried capers!) and Maldon sea salt. I tossed it in a pomegranate vinaigrette for a touch of sweetness.
To roast your own bone marrow, soak the bones in a bowl of water for a couple of hours, which will drain the blood. Pat dry and top with a generous sprinkling of salt, garlic and parsley. Roast at 425 for about 20 minutes or until the marrow is soft and spoons out easily.
You can eat the marrow smeared on a slice of toasted bread or throw it and the salad, too, on top of a burger. As we move into cooler temperatures and begin to crave richer comfort foods, add this one to your repertoire.
–by Jenny Turknett, Food & More blog