Saunter into many upscale eateries these days, especially here in Austin, Texas, and you might come face to face with menu item that might not be as familiar as it should be. Restaurants like Acre 41, III Forks and Dai Due the Salty Sow all serve a bone marrow dish and the reviews on Yelp! sing high praise from customers.
Bone Marrow has taken over as an epicurean treat for the food adventurous, but it should be considered a mainstream food because of its irresistible taste and nutritional benefits. When cooked properly the flavor has been described as being “rich” and “buttery” and “semi-sweet.“ Due to its high protein and fat content, it is often served as an appetizer.
Nutrition experts point to bone marrow as a super food. They say that because of its rich collagen content and glucosamine, bone marrow can improve bone strength and even help osteoarthritis (joint pain) and joint inflammation. The dense food source can also play an important role in immune health because of its rich concentrations of alkylglycerols – unique compounds derived from fats that fuel the heart and boost the immune system.
While bones are familiar to most cooks for their use in soups and broths, many folks today are experimenting with baking bones to bring out the flavor and texture of the marrow itself. Combining split bones with salt and spices offers a tremendously satisfying and tasty treat that is simple to make in no time.
One of our favorite recipes was given to us by a dear friend and we’ve included it here for our customers…
ROASTED BONE MARROW APPETIZER
- 2 canoe cut Akaushi beef bones
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon chopped thyme
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Put bones cut side up, on foil-lined baking sheet or oven proof skillet. In a small bowl, mix together garlic, thyme, salt and pepper. Bake bones until marrow is soft and has begun to separate from the bone, about 15-20 minutes (stop before bone marrow begins to drizzle out). Approximately half-way through the baking time, sprinkle the garlic mixture over the top of the cut halves.
Serve with warm bread or spread over bruschetta.
“We love Click Akaushi Beef! We discovered their marrow bones which are so easy to cook and absolutely delicious. We love trying new things and supporting this local local beef company.”
Laurel M., Austin, TX
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