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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.
- 1 ox head
Get this prepared by the butcher, who will send it to you split in two. Lay it
in strong salty water overnight and rinse under a briskly running tap til
thoroughly clear. The tongue should be salted separately.
Put the head into a pan with water to cover, a few peppercorns, salt ,a bunch
of herbs , and vegetable trimmings. Simmer till the bones and meat all fall
to pieces, then drain into a basin. Take out every scrap of bone and gristle
and chop the meat finely, sprinkling with powdered herbs and pepper.
Press into a mould set with a weight on top, and turn out when cold.
Garnish with parsley and serve with pickles and roast potatoes. 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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