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The Nasty Bits: Tongue Cemita Sandwich

I used to think that the best usage for beef tongue in Mexican cuisine was tacos de lengua, but that just goes to show you how little I know about tongues. Turns out I like tongue cemitas just as much as tongue tacos, if not more. A cemita is a class of Mexican sandwich with meat, avocado, white cheese, onions and some sort of red sauce, usually on a sesame seed roll. Regional variations abound. More

Crispy Grilled Beef Tongue

Tongue is a stress-free option for the grill. You simmer the tongue in water or stock, adding aromatics and spices. If I'm really pressed for time and mental reserves, I may do nothing more than plop a tongue into a pot with water and keep the heat on low. A few hours of simmering does the bulk of the work. Once simmered, you peel the tongue and cut it into thickish slabs, perfect for tossing on the grill. Because tongue is so fatty, you don't have to worry about it getting tough or dry. More

The Nasty Bits: Tongue Tacos

At home, you have the freedom to use pork or lamb's tongue in lieu of the more classic beef or veal tongue. You cut up the tongue, put down a pat of oil or lard in your pan, and stand over the skillet until the tongue is ready to be moved onto the tortilla, and not one second before. Simple as that. More

The Nasty Bits: Yak Tongue

This yak tongue was exactly a foot long. It is, to date, one of the best tongues I have tried. For an animal whose flesh is not particularly well-marbled, yak's tongue is speckled with fat and will cook slowly to fork-tender softness. Would it be too strange to say that the tongue melted on my tongue? More

The Nasty Bits: Pickled Tongue Sandwiches

Squeamishness aside, the tongue is such an appealing cut: tender and fatty, and delicate in taste (unlike kidneys or liver, for instance, which have a more distinctive flavor). I enjoy tongue sandwiches. Like corned beef or pastrami, the thin slices of tongue are so rich and satisfying that it's perfect between two slices of rye bread. All it needs is some horseradish and mustard, and maybe a dill pickle. More

The Nasty Bits: Lamb's Tongue

Most of us who buy tongues at the market are used to seeing rounded curves on either end of the organ—not just the tip of the tongue, which is by default curved, but also on the meaty end of the tongue. More or less severed at the back of the mouth, the tongue emerges autonomous like some free-floating agent from the rest of the head. It was only after I began apprenticing at Fleisher's that I noticed the way the organ connects to muscles at the base of the skull. More

The Nasty Bits: Duck Tongue

Duck tongues? Wait, ducks have tongues? Yes, and the organ is actually a fatty delicacy. Barely two inches long, the tongue is small and flimsy but tastes intensely ducklike. When freshly fried, duck tongues are as addictive as potato chips. More

Photo of the Day: Ox Tongue Angel Barbie

How do you interpret this image of a half-naked Barbie doll with slices of ox tongue for wings? Beyond Nose to Tail by Fergus Henderson and Justin Piers Gellatly of St. John Restaurant features unique photography for a cookbook, this photo being the most evocative. I'll never look at ox tongue the same way again. Related: Zach Brooks on his recent visit to St. John... More

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