Have a look at these amazing Paleo, gut-healthy tacos! What do you see?
a dollop of cultured cream
fried onions and peppers
shredded beef tongue
Did you read those ingredient right? Yes, it's really TONGUE!
If you are a client of mine, or have seen some of my past blog articles, you'll know just how healthy organ meats and offal are. I regularly eat liver and other offal, and sneak it into my kids' diet in meat loaf and other ground meat dishes. Despite my passion for liver and other organ meat, it took me a while to actually venture into buying beef tongue. I ate it as a kid, and have memories of enjoying it with mustard. When I queried my mom, she said it was smoked tongue that we used to eat. I have never seen smoked tongue at the health food stores (you won't find tongue at your local grocer), but had noticed that beef tongue had been in the freezer of the health food store I shop at.
I finally mustered up the courage to buy one and bring it home. It sat in the freezer for a few weeks before I finally decided on a way to prepare it.
Since I love slow cooking with my crock-pot, I decided to thaw the tongue and give the crock-pot a try. I seasoned it with Himalayan salt, threw it in the pot with a bit of water, and let it cook on low heat for about 8 hours. Once it was done I placed in on a cutting board and quartered it. Quartering it allowed me to easily pull the skin off - trust me, the skin doesn't look appetizing. Then I used two forks and pulled the meat apart (imagine pulled pork). I seasoned it with Homemade Taco Seasoning. That's all. Add the remaining taco toppings to your favourite soft taco (lettuce, coconut wrap, sheet of nori seaweed...) and you have delicious TONGUE TACOS!
Have you tried tongue? What's your favourite way to eat liver or other offal? If you have any other tongue recipes you like, please share.
Happy, Healthy Eating!