We love creating new traditions with our friends. This year, our Swiss friend invited us (and another family) over for an unusual St. Paddy’s Day dinner! A beef tongue dinner!
I have to say that beef tongue is not something have enjoyed the past. Perhaps it’s the texture, the appearance, and just the idea and image of beef tongue that has made it unappealing to me.
In all fairness, as a child, I enjoyed the Filipino dish my grandfather made with beef tongue. However, when I learned what it was, it turned me off completely. My grandfather’s Lengua Estofada was such a tasty dish. It was flavourful and the meat was so tender.
After that, I was vegetarian for most of my adult life. As chance would have it, I married a beef farmer. When I married a beef farmer, I was reintroduced to beef tongue by my mother-in-law. A “family favourite” was cold beef tongue sandwiches on my mother-in-law’s homemade bread with her homemade relish.
If I have to be honest, it was not something I would choose to eat. My mother-in-law is a fabulous cook, but a cold beef tongue sandwich is not something I find particularly appetizing. I remember not wanting to be impolite, but really not wanting to eat it. It was basically a boiled beef tongue, sliced and served cold.
When our Swiss friend invited us to his family’s home for a beef tongue party, I had some reservations. We went, the kids had a blast, the adults engaged in fun conversation, and the meal was amazing!
Yes, I said it. The Swiss beef tongue dinner was amazing. He cooked it in a pressure cooker and made a lovely sauce with capers. He served his famous mashed potatoes and green beans with it as well. No one gets mashed potatoes as light and fluffy as he does!
For dessert, his wife made a gluten/dairy-free chocolate tart with an almond crust, topped with raspberry.
The dinner party was a hit and our group of friends decided we’d do a Swiss beef tongue dinner every St. Patrick’s Day. I know it sounds highly unusual, but it was actually really good! My four year old daughter had two helpings of beef tongue and mashed potatoes. I cannot believe that my little girl asked for more beef tongue! Unreal!
At the dinner party, we had one Swiss person, one Irish person, one English-Canadian person, one Hungarian person, one French-Canadian person, one Filipina-Spanish-Caribbean-Chinese person (me!), and all our kids. I will not tell you what other “delicacies” from all of our cultures we talked about! One thing is for sure…I will NEVER try “Alpen balls” or “Prairie Oysters”. I will not eat “Head Cheese” either.
Have you ever had beef tongue? What is something you absolutely WILL NOT eat? Are you an adventurous eater or a picky eater?
Happy St. Paddy’s Day!