Lengua con champignon

Bought beef tongue, boiled it till it was soft, sliced it up, and froze it in its cooking broth while I thought over what I was going to do with it.

So I dug up an old recipe book (looked online, and there isn't anything exactly like this out there except on Filipino websites).

The recipe called for half a cup of butter and a fourth cup of olive oil; I assumed that was because I was supposed to brown a whole tongue (the damned thing was around a foot long and weighed around two pounds).

I melted the butter and oil in a bowl, spooned a bit into a pot, and browned the sliced tongue in medium heat, salt-n-peppering it along the way, and then set it aside; I put in the rest of the butter-and-oil combo, tossed in a large chopped onion, two chopped tomatoes, and five chopped cloves of garlic, sauteed till soft.

Dropped in the browned tongue; added bay leaves, whole peppercorns, three tablespoons of soy sauce, the juice of half a lemon, and a fourth of a cup of white wine. Lowered the heat and simmered till it thickened, then added a cupful of broth and stirred some more. After forty minutes of simmering and adding broth when necessary, drained the tongue and arranged it on a serving plate.

Took the biggest frying pan I had and sauted several slices of mushrooms in a few tablespoons of butter over medium high heat. Took out the mushrooms, lowered the heat to medium, added half a cup of butter (does it show that I'm not on any diet?) added a fourth cup of flour, stirred till mixed. Poured in the drippings from the tongue stew, added back the mushroms, mixed until thickened, then poured over the tongue.

Lengua con champignon--only a Filipino would have thought up of this heart-stopper. The tongue meat is buttery soft, the mushroom gravy buttery rich (hell, it was half butter anyway); the tomatoes, lemon juice and white wine add just enough tartness to cut through the fat. Not too bad, considering.


timonerdshow said...

Sounds rich enough to eat....pending FDA approval!

noelbotevera said...

They can go have their own heart attack. This way, you go smiling.