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Sweet-And-Sour Tongue

Yield 6 to 8 servings


  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 1/4 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1 (2- to 2 1/2-pound) beef tongue
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup vinegar

How to Make It

  1. Combine soda and 2 tablespoons salt; rub over surface of tongue. Scrub with a stiff brush; rinse with cold water.

  2. Place tongue and 1 teaspoon salt in a large Dutch oven; add water to cover. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Cover; simmer 3 hours or until tender.

  3. Remove tongue from broth, and plunge into cold water. Reserve 1 cup broth. Remove and discard skin from tongue. Cut tongue into 1/2-inch-thick slices.

  4. Place butter in a heavy saucepan. Cook over low heat until golden brown. Add flour; stir until smooth. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Gradually add reserved 1 cup broth; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thickened.

  5. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt, and remaining ingredients. Add sliced tongue, and simmer, uncovered, 30 minutes. Discard bay leaves.

  6. Place tongue on warm platter and serve with pan liquid.

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