Veal tongues with capers

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Veal tongues with capers
Veal tongues with capers
As Robin says; "Don't look at it too much, don't think about it too much!"
Servings:Serves 4
Calories per serving:594
Ready in:3 hours
Prep. time:30 minutes
Cook time:2 hours 30 minutes
Recipe author:JuliaBalbilla
First published:21st January 2013

This recipe from my 1960's Lebanese cook book won't be to everyone's taste, however, if you're looking for an interesting way to cook veal tongue, this is probably it.

Veal tongue is more tender than beef tongue, but both require a good deal of cooking. Speak to your butcher, you may be able to buy tongues prepared and ready cooked.


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cleaning the tongues

  1. Under cold running water, scrub the tongues with a brush.
  2. Rub with half a lemon and a handful of salt then leave for 15 minutes
  3. Place the tongues in a large pan and cover with cold water
  4. Bring to the boil and simmer for 12 minutes, skimming any surface scum
  5. Remove the tongues and discard the water and quickly rinse in cold water. Clean the pot

cooking the tongues

  1. Add the tongues to the pot, together with 3.4 litres of cold water, the vegetables, wine, herbs and 2.5 tablespoons of salt
  2. Bring to the boil and simmer until the tongues are cooked (about 2 to 2.5 hours)

caper sauce

  1. Add the butter and flour, white pepper and salt to a small pan and once the roux browns, add enough of the strained stock to make the sauce. Once it thickens, stir in the chillies. final preparation
  2. Peel the tongues, removing any gristle, fat or connective tissues
  3. Slice diagonally, a little less than 1 cm (½")
  4. Arrange on a large platter and sprinkle with half of the capers
  5. Pour half of the sauce over the tongues and capers and the rest, serve in a sauce dish. Sprinkle the remaining capers over the final layer of sauce.

Serving suggestions

Serve this dish with boiled potatoes.

Chef's notes

The salt and butter quantities are as in the original recipe, I would probably reduce them if you are at all health conscious. The original recipe just specifies 'vinegar' - Use your favourite, I dare to suggest sherry vinegar!

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