Roasted Marrow Bones: Bone Marrow
Hi Everyone! This week I am making a rather posh dish called Roasted Marrow Bones. Yup! You got it! Roasted Marrow Bones! I know a lot of people are going to take a look at this and ask themselves what is Blaine talking about? Bone Marrow? How do you eat that? Well don’t worry because in this blog post and video I am going to show you how to properly make Roasted Marrow Bones and you will know how to eat Bone Marrow when it’s all done.
Eating Bone Marrow is not something new you know. Animals in the wild will down it’s prey and eat it’s flesh and then in many cases work at cracking the larger bones of the body to get to the Bone Marrow. Why? Because Bone Marrow is an excellent source of fat and fat equals energy and calories which are both essential to survival in the wild.
Roasting Marrow Bones is also not something new in Europe and other countries and it is only now gaining ground here in the United States. Roasted Marrow Bones are generally served in some very high end, posh restaurants as one of the dishes in a long line of starters/appetizers on the way to the mains. The Bone Marrow in the marrow bone is basically as I said, fat. But this fat is rich in flavor and for those who have never eaten Bone Marrow it is a gamey flavor. Bone Marrow has a buttery texture and spreads well to.
The bones used to Roast Marrow Bones are the femur bones of the cow. You get these bones at the local supermarket butcher or your local butcher shop. Just ask for Marrow Bones. Generally, when ordered in a restaurant the Marrow bones will have been cut into three or four inch lengths and roasted. The Roasted Marrow Bones will cook for twenty or so minutes and the Bone Marrow in them will melt a bit and release some fat, but what you get is just bubbly, delicious flavor. After all as foodies we all know that “Fat is where the flavor is!”
I personally like the Roasted Marrow Bones of the Lamb and Veal as the flavor is richer than the Bone Marrow from the Cow femur, but it’s all good to me! If you can’t find Cow femur then find some Lamb or Veal as they are both a rich and hearty flavor alternative. Experiment! If you have never eaten Roasted Marrow Bones you will surely get as hooked to them as I am! Most of the time the Roasted Marrow Bones is served on grilled French bread toast as I am going to do in the video and served with some kind of salad as a topping. I always say to experiment because Bone Marrow tastes fantastic on all kinds of black breads and flat breads as well! Try it on a bagel! YUM! You can use anything you want as a topping but I am going to make a small chop salad of Arugula as a topping as well as Dijon mustard, cranberry and wasabi jam, English Marmite and a Spanish Olive Tapanade. Check out the video and enjoy!