They say that the tongue is the primary organ for taste. Having said this, did you ever wonder how a tongue would taste like – in a culinary fashion, of course?
I have tried many lengua (Spanish word for tongue) dishes and not one of them was unfavorable. In fact, I think that I can live a week eating different ox tongue dishes (only if the cost won’t be a factor).
Are you are grossed-out in the idea of eating tongue? Don’t be, tongue is considered a special ingredient in most of the world’s major cuisines. Contrary to what you might be thinking, ox tongue tastes great – better than steak in some occasions.
In my life, I have only cooked five different lengua dishes. It might sound plenty already but there are still other highly recommended ox tongue dishes that I haven’t tried (I will practice cooking the others before the holiday starts so that we can have some interesting treat for Christmas and New Year dinner).
Lengua in Mushroom sauce is a rich and flavorful ox tongue dish. Its creaminess reminds me of beef stroganoff – pasta or mashed potatoes are a good idea for sides. Steamed rice will work too, but make sure to have at least an extra cup – you’ll definitely need it.
To feed your curiosity, the very first ox tongue dish that I tried cooking was the Lengua Estofado (estofada). I think I was 15 or 16 back then.
Try this Lengua in Mushroom Sauce recipe and let me know what you think.