No bones about it

I’m not inherently cheap, but I do take pride in making a great meal for (and out of) next to nothing. It makes me feel crafty and creative. So I was particularly proud last week when I cooked a meal of champions for Chicky and I for less than $6 (slightly more if you add wine to the menu, which I suggest).

The menu: roasted root vegetables and a beef marrow bone.
 Marrow bone: $1.75
Loaf of bread: $2
Beet: $1
Giant carrot: $1

A lot of people get squeamish about marrow, but to me it’s God’s gift, a secret part of the cow that few know about or appreciate. Area chefs are starting to bring it to the masses though: it’s on the menu at Eastern Standard and Toro. And for good reason: it’s cheap and delicious. As Chicky says, “It’s like meat butter.”

Roast marrow is simple to make at home… the hardest part will be finding a butcher who’ll slice the beef bone length-wise, giving you easy access to the marrow. If you can’t find one, opt for marrow bones cut cross-wise, about four inches long.

If you want to cook the above meal at home, remember that the veggies will take longer to cook than the marrow: Throw the bones in the oven when the veggies are just getting tender.

 Roast marrow bone:
1 7-inch long beef bone, cut lengthwise
Sprinkle of sea salt
Loaf of crusty bread

 Heat oven to 400 degrees. Set bones in a shallow baking pan, flat side up and sprinkle with sea salt. Roast 15 to 20 minutes, until the marrow is brown and soft, maybe a bit crusty on top. Be careful not to cook too long or the marrow will liquefy. Slather on bread. Mustard and pickles go well with it too.


6 thoughts on “No bones about it

    • Say please! Haha… j/k, we’ll have it as an app soon. Gotta figure out when to have a gathering.

  1. I too love marrow. It’s interesting that the trend is just catching on here when it has been savored for years in India etc. I’m leaving for India tomorrow….gonna try to bring you back some kind of food.

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