Roasted Marrow Bones with Lemon Parsley Shallots and Capers Sauce


Chris Cosentino of Incanto in San Francisco refers to bone marrow as butter of the Gods, and I can't agree more. Sumptuous, luscious and primal, having a rich dollop of fat dripping marrow slathered across a crusty charred piece of bread can be a lusty experience. So when I saw roasted bone marrow featured on Andrea's blog High / Low Food Drink, I simply could not wait to try this recipe. From start to finish, this recipe can be made under half an hour. The acidity of fresh lemon juice, chopped parsley and shallots serves as a bright contrast to the hedonistic spread, and is especially good against the humble canvas of a chewy crusty country bread. Thanks Andrea for sharing this recipe!

If you are in the New York area, you may find marrow bones at Dickson's Farm Stand at Chelsea Market, Hawthorne Valley Farms or at Grazin' Angus, both at the Union Square Farmer's Market.

Roasted Bone Marrow with Lemon Parsley Sauce
From New York Times via High/Low Food Drink 
Ingredients
  • 8 to 12 center-cut beef or veal marrow bones, 3 inches long, 3 to 4 pounds total
  • 1 cup roughly chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons capers
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • Coarse sea salt to taste
  • 4 1-inch thick slices of country bread
Method
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Put bones, cut side up, on foil-lined baking sheet or in ovenproof skillet. Cook until marrow is soft and has begun to separate from the bone, about 15 minutes. (Stop before marrow begins to drizzle out.)
  2. Meanwhile, combine parsley, shallots and capers in small bowl. Just before bones are ready, whisk together olive oil and lemon juice and drizzle dressing over parsley mixture until leaves are just coated. Put roasted bones, parsley salad, salt and toast on a large plate. To serve, scoop out marrow, spread on toast, sprinkle with salt and top with parsley salad.
Serves 4.

51 comments:

Kay Heritage said...

Christine, THIS. LOOKS. AMAZING.

From the Kitchen said...

Delicious! I have not enjoyed marrow bones since I was a teenager. My mother and grandmother actually had marrow spoons as part of their flatware. I am going on the hunt for those bones. Surely they must be available somewhere in the Chicago area. Thanks for the tasty memory.

Best,
Bonnie

Angie said...

You are not going to believe this but for some wierd reason my grocery store had marrow bones this week (they've never had them before) and I bought two packages mostly for my dogs. I've never had marrow bones, but with so many I am going to have to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

Rebecca from Chow and Chatter said...

looks great but I am not brave enough sorry

Dina @ The Dish and The Dirt said...

Love this stuff Christine, and I think the lemon provides the necessary acidity to cut into all that fat. Joe's favorite pizza is Osso pizza at Flour + Water which is basically a bone marrow pizza. He was mad the last time we went when they told the pizza was off the menu as it wasn't 'in season.' I didn't realize that bone marrow had a season, but needless to say, he was SAD. Hope you're feeling great.

Mari said...

I have never tasted veal marrow bones, but it sound interesting, and I am sure my husband will love it. Thanks.

Have a great week:)

Pierce said...

Goodness, I am going to have to try this sometime. I use marrow bones in soup all the time but...that is the only way I've tried them. Good looking dish there!

Nisrine M. said...

My mother loves marrow and would go crazy for this dish. Nice presentation.

El said...

I don't eat meat but the photograph is stunning. I love how the green pops- gorgeous!

Jean said...

I just had bone marrow last night but it didn't look gorgeous like this. Love all the fresh accompaniments! :-)

The Duo Dishes said...

Well now. If that doesn't sound like a simplistically, sophisticated dish, then what does?

Simply Mel {Reverie} said...

And they are so good for you ~ yum! I've never been brave enough to prepare on my own, but I will give this dish a try.

Deb in Hawaii said...

If only I had a good source for great marrow bones here. ;-) These look amazing and of course you had me at lemon & capers.

My Carolina Kitchen said...

I've never had bone marrow, but it's on my bucket list. You're presented it beautifully Christine.
Sam

tasteofbeirut said...

I always looked at marrow bones as something delicious to sneak into the kitchen to sample on a pice of bread; I have never tried it as the main event! This is a great recipe to start, and the tangy sauce is a perfect complement to the richness of the marrow.

Andrea @ HighLowFoodDrink.com said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed the bone marrow recipe! Your plate looks great! Thanks for the link/mention! Happy Monday!

Belinda @zomppa said...

Wow - my dad would be drooling all over this. Great presentation.

Heavenly Housewife said...

Bone marrow seems to be the "it" dish in NY and London, though I've never tried it. I wouldn't have thought to prepare it at home, but I think I will change my mind now, you did such a wonderful job here!
*kisses* HH

Claudia said...

Oh would I love to serve this to my bone-adoring mother. She'd take veal bones into the ktichen and quietly gnaw on them while her daughters looked perplexed. Gorgeous!

kat said...

Great timing! I just saw marrow bones at our local grocery store & told Matt I wanted to roast some.

Cathy said...

This does sound very tasty, but I have to admit that I've never had roasted marrow as a spread on bread. I have used the bones for stock and always thought the marrow added wonderful flavor. I hope to try this someday.

SKIP TO MALOU said...

I love bone marrow. We cook it as a soup based dish. This is ultimately the "gourmet" kind and I want to serve it to my family. I could imagine the "wow" look on their faces now...

thanks for the inspiration Christine...

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I haven't had marrow in ages but I do know how tasty it is. This sounds like a wonderful recipe!

Juliana said...

Wow Christine, these marrow bones topped with parsley, shallots and capers look fabulous. Great pictures as always. Hope you have a wonderful week ahead :-)

sweetlife said...

butter of the gods, I totally agree...chuls and I love Chris, his enegry is insane!! us kids would fight over the bone marrow when my mom made a caldo.

sweetlife
have a great week, mommy!

5 Star Foodie said...

Love bone marrow, I saw that on Andrea's blog too, wonderfully delicious!

Joanne said...

I love how fearless you are in the kitchen Christine! The thought of cooking bone marrow has me shaking in my boots, but this does sound delicious!

lostpastremembered said...

Christine, I always thought marrow was 'gross'. I read about Fergus' marrow and parsley salad and thought, NO!!
Since I've broadened my horizons and found great suppliers like you mention... well it all is making sense to me now. When my lucky St Bernard gets a great marrowbone treat once a month from Grazin Angus, she has this lovely sweet smell. It is healthy and rich and not at all 'gross'.
Great recipe that I will now try! Here's to being brave in the kitchen! Gorgeous picture, btw!

Kim said...

Christine - I've never had marrow before, but I would love to try this as your presentation is gorgeous! Nicely done.

Beth said...

What a lovely photo. I had no idea you could prepare bone marrow in half an hour. It looks like it would require much more work!

RSA Certificate said...

Wow this looks great! I've never had marrow bones before, can't wait to try this out

Magic of Spice said...

Fantastic recipe and stunning photo!
Hope you are having a lovely week

Barbara said...

I'm so pleased to see this recipe, Christine! I've always wanted to make them but had no idea even where to start!
Lovely photo!

Stella said...

Hey Christine! I've noticed marrow bones on a lot of menus lately. And it is b/c they are really delicious if executed properly. True! Ooh, everybody better run out and get some to try your delicious looking recipe before the price goes up. I hate the way that always happens to inexpensive things when they get popular (smile but seriously)!

Zoe said...

A very stunning dish! Roasted marrow bones is very new to me.

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Doesn't that look scrumptious and decadent! I often hear people sing the praises of roasted marrow. I'm going to have to dip my toe in the water, and at least give it a try at a restaurant.

Velva said...

I need to experience bone marrow. I am obviously missing out on something wonderful.

Velva

Bridgett ~ La Bella Cook said...

How decadent this dish is. Your photo makes it all the more inviting. Hope you are feeling well!

Heavenly Housewife said...

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*kisses* HH

Trix said...

I recently had marrow on toast at Barbuzzo in Philly, and it was to die for. I have bison marrow bones in my freezer, I wonder if that would work with this awesome recipe?

Victoria said...

You're absolutely right. These sound gluttonous and fabulous! I've never thought to just cook marrow bones for their marrow, but it definitely seems worth it :)

Gloria said...

Christine this look absolutely delicious! xx gloria

Chiara said...

Wonderful presentation Christine!Very stunning dish, I love it!Kisses...

A Canadian Foodie said...

Fergus Henderson from St. John's Food and Drink in London UK s famous for the creation of this recipe. It is in his Head to Tails book and his restaurant (this dish) is one of Tony Bordain's top 10 things to eat before you die. Vanja and I were there and did just that last Spring and it was truly surreal. FAR too much for one person (his serving and yours) as it is so rich... I found one bone to be plenty - so it is a great sharing dish. Yours are absolutely STUNNING Christine.
The bread to spread this on is essential to the flavour combination, as it must be spread on bread... and he did a chewy light rye. YUM.
:)
I have been neck deep in the throws of planning a local food conference here within slow food and have not posted for three weeks. Important work. Time well spent: BUT...I have not read, written, cooked and I miss my life and reading YOU!
I am catching up slowly!
:)
Valerie

lisaiscooking said...

I've never tried marrow bones, but I'm curious about them. You've presented them beautifully! I love the colors in the photo.

Lori Lynn said...

I do adore them, and have never made them myself. Need to give that a go. Yours look fabulous.

Hope you are feeling well Christine!
LL

nancy at good food matters said...

absolutely stunning, Christine! I can only imagine the creaminess. I would have to do some special scouting around Nashville to locate veal marrow.

Otehlia said...

I haven't eaten marrow bones since Africa. These look great!!!!!!!thanks for the inspiring recipe and photo.

Liren said...

I could eat a whole bowl of this :) There's nothing better!

Tasty Eats At Home said...

I love marrow. I have never happened upon marrow bones like these, though, to make this recipe. There's a version in my Fergus Henderson book. It looks so sinfully delicious. Love your photo.

OysterCulture said...

Oh my goodness, this dish is begging for me to make it now. I love marrow, but have never made it at home. I guess I was waiting for your incredible recipe. Thank you!