Ox head

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Ox head

This recipe for cooking an ox head comes from the marvelous book: Cookbook: Food In England

I only add it for a bit of fun because I can't image that you would be able to obtain a complete ox head very easily.

Our local Sainsbury's doesn't stock them.

Ox head
Food in England - Dorothy Hartley
Calories per serving:274
Ready in:28 hours
Prep. time:24 hours
Cook time:4 hours
Recipe author:Chef
First published:21st January 2013

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  1. Get this prepared by the butcher, who will send it to you split in two.
  2. Lay it in strong salty water overnight and rinse under a briskly running tap til thoroughly clear. The tongue should be salted separately.
  3. Put the head into a pan with water to cover, a few peppercorns, salt ,a bunch of herbs , and vegetable trimmings.
  4. Simmer till the bones and meat all fall to pieces, then drain into a basin.
  5. Take out every scrap of bone and gristle and chop the meat finely, sprinkling with powdered herbs and pepper.
  6. Press into a mould set with a weight on top, and turn out when cold.
  7. Garnish with parsley and serve with pickles and roast potatoes.
  8. The broth, strained and boiled with oatmeal, onions, or a strongly flavoured vegetable such as celery, makes a meaty soup.

Note: Be sure you put the remnants, bones, vegetables, etc., out for the fowls to pick clean. There is enough miscellaneous picking on an ox-head to keep an industrious hen busy for hours

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