Beef Tongue Nachos
Wait wait! Don't run away so quickly after reading the title. The picture caught your eye, right? Have an open mind! Try something new! Hear me out. You might like it.
One cook's trash is another cook's treasure. It fascinates me that, across the world, certain foods are perceived as desirable in some ages or areas and seen as unwanted in other times or places.
- Wheat bread was seen as a peasant food in earlier times, and white bread was the bread of well-to-do folks.
- Yellow cheese (from pastured cows) is more desirable on pizzas in Asia, whereas white cheese is the desired pizza cheese in the US. The source of this fact is a fascinating article I recently read. You can find it here. My spouse also backs up the idea that pizza cheese in Korea was just different than what he'd been used to [before my pizzas, that is]. Now anything goes.
Beef tongue evokes strong reactions. Depending on experience folks either love it because they've tried it or cringe because it looks like, well, a tongue. In keeping with my philosophy that if you choose to eat beef, you might as well use all of the cuts offered, I am firmly in the "love it" camp. My kids are still cringing because beef tongue looks different than all the ground beef in tidy packages in the freezer (link to my Ground Beef Recipe Round Up).
Does beef tongue skeeve you out? How 'bout Mashed Potato Casserole, that can be made the day before, and cooked in a slow cooker or baked in the oven? My recipe for Make Ahead Irish Mashed Potato Casserole is in a Featured Bloggers Favorites contest over at SavingStar. Voting enters you in a chance to win a $50 American Express Gift Card, and the winning blogger also receives a gift card. You can find the contest here.
|The whole family pitching in to make beef tongue enchiladas. The recipe is coming.|
I cook the tongue using Elise's recipe on Simply Recipes. You can find it here. Sometimes I shred the meat between two forks, sometimes I slice and fry pieces before chopping into cubes. It's pretty versatile. Today I used some cubed meat in our nachos.
Beef Tongue Nachos1 10 ounce bag corn tortilla chips (you'll have some left over)
1½ cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
2 cups chopped cooked beef tongue, prepared according to this recipe
⅓ cup Mexican crema
1 avocado, halved, sliced, and cubed
½ cup salsa verde
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. On a rimmed baking sheet layer as many tortilla chips as will comfortably fit. Scatter cheese across chips, then top with tongue. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and beef is heated through. Remove from oven, drizzle with crema, and top with avocado. Serve with salsa verde on the side (it makes the chips soggy if it sits too long, best to add to individual plates for dipping).
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