Roasted Bone Marrow w/ Parsley Salad

in Appetizers, Dinner

Have you ever lost your car in a parking lot? No, not for like a few minutes and then you’re like, ohhhh there it is! No. Like you lost it for 30 solid minutes and walked–what felt like miles–AND have blisters from your new shoes to prove it? Yeah, well that happened yesterday.

Let me back up…

First let me begin by saying that I love Los Angeles. Yea, there’s kinda bad traffic, the smog makes my allergies extra annoying and the cost of living is high. Blah blah…but seriously, those things aside, this place is the prettiest place I’ve ever lived.

Still, when I first moved here one of the weirdest things to me was how malls have parking garages. Malls where I come from just have gigantic parking lots…that you park in, you know what I mean? And honestly, I’ve never gotten used to the whole thing where you have to take a ticket, park underground, get it validated, etc.

It’s sooo much work. Like, why are you trying to make the mall so exhausting?!

So…yesterday, I had–what my doctor calls–an unusual allergic reaction to my contact lenses. This meant eye was swollen and red and my vision was blurry and obstructed. Basically, I was blinder…WAY blinder than I usually am. SAD.

My favorite eye doctor couldn’t see me so I went to another doctor who’s offices were…(wait for it!)…in a mall! And, this mall has one of those BIG parking structures.

After I left the doctor’s with my new eye drops in hand, I went down into the dark depths of garage structureness.

I looked left. Sorta couldn’t see.

Looked right. Still sorta couldn’t see.

I not only forgot where I parked but from the little I could see, everything looked exactly the same. Uh oh…

So I started walking and looking and walking…and nothing. Whoa. Nothing.

A few more minutes of this and I just was in a full-on panic. I started question if I do in fact drive a purple car? Or wait, did I even park on this level? What happens if I can’t find my car? Like do I just take a cab home?

It was getting really real.

Finally after, I’m not kidding, 30 minutes of walking I finally walked past my car only to do a double-take and realize it was mine!

And then I drove home, which I realize from this incident, I shouldn’t have done in the first place.

Lesson learned. Don’t drive with an allergy eyeball. DANGEROUS!

When I got home I ate this fine specimen. (Along with some leftover pizza.)

Rich roasted bone marrow on toast might be one of my favorite things to eat. Ever. I get it at restaurants on the regs, but honestly never thought to make it until I saw them at a local butcher shop. It’s inexpensive, super fast and easy to throw together and super special.

Check it: after the bone marrow is roasted for about 15 minutes it turns rich and delicious and buttery. Serve atop some grilled buttered bread and a lemony, bright parsley salad. A little sprinkling of salt is also a must.

I think this should be on your to-do list this weekend. That’s all!

P.S. I can see now!!

Roasted Bone Marrow with Parsley Salad

Print this kinda sorta recipe!

3-4 (3″inch) pieces of beef bone marrow
1 handful offlat-leaf Italian parsley, leaves picked from stems
1 shallot, minced
1 tablespoon capers
Juice from 1 lemon
Course sea salt
French loaf
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

1. Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees F. Put the bones in an ovenproof roasting pan or on a foil-lined baking sheet. Transfer to the oven and roast for about 15-18 minutes. You’re looking for loose and giving marrow, but marrow that’s not yet melted away.

2. Meanwhile, lightly chop the parsley and mix it with the shallots and capers. Just before serving, dress salad with lemon juice; salt and pepper to taste.

3. Brush the pieces of bread with the melted butter and place in a grill pan until nice and toasted. Don’t completely season this dish before serving; let the diner do the last-minute seasoning. To eat, scrape the marrow from the bone onto the toast; season it with coarse sea salt. Place a pinch of parsley salad on top; eat immediately.

Recipe is all Bourdain

{ 37 comments… read them below or add one }

Jessica @ How Sweet April 6, 2012 at 4:14 am

omg words can’t even describe how much i love bone marrow!

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Carrie April 6, 2012 at 6:37 am

I can relate! A couple of weeks ago I got my eyes dilated at the eye doctor and people were all, “oh do you want me to meet you there and help you home?” And I was, like, “no, it’ll be fine.” I had to navigate the Brooklyn streets in the dark to get home. I was basically almost holding onto strangers to get help crossing avenues. I wish that when I got home I had something as luxurious as this bone marrow to feast upon – it truly would have been a sight for sore eyes.

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Emily @ She Makes and Bakes April 6, 2012 at 7:02 am

I’m intrigued as I’ve never had bone marrow. I think my only experience with it was when it was in a Chopped basket…I didn’t realize it was so easy to make. Guess I’ll take your word for it that it’s good….glad you can see again!

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Dana B @ thebakingbooth April 6, 2012 at 7:11 am

About not finding a car (well, truck in this case), yes, I’ve had it happen, but it was ’cause it was stolen. Gotta love Tucson :) We were one of the lucky ones and it was found a week later by another stolen vehicle in a small apartment complex that was used as a drop for stolen vehicles once through with them. About bone marrow, I had no idea you could cook it and eat it!! Won’t do this weekend, but will try in the future as I bet my hubby would love it.

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Amy April 6, 2012 at 9:24 am

My dad LOVES bone marrow. Maybe I’ll make this for him for his birthday next month. Yum!

xoxo,
mon amy

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Megan April 6, 2012 at 9:29 am

I’ve never even had bone marrow! But I’d love to try it.

And I totally lost my car in a parking garage. It’s not fun at all. And to make it worse it’s the parking garage I park in daily for work! Jeez.

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kale @ tastes good to me! April 6, 2012 at 10:12 am

“My favorite eye doctor couldn’t see me”… I am sorry, that line made me laugh. Like, a lot. It just reminds me of something my dad would say for irony.

And also, bone marrow. I want. Now. Please. :)

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Elle @ CHellbellz April 6, 2012 at 10:32 am

My grandmother used to make me eat the marrow out of chicken when i was younger. I was so suprised when blogs started posting this stuff! It’s yummy though.

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Laurie @SimplyScratch April 6, 2012 at 10:53 am

Amazing! I’m in love!

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Rachel April 6, 2012 at 12:22 pm

This scares me . . . and makes my stomach hurt. Maybe because I’m pregnant :)

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France April 6, 2012 at 2:16 pm

I love roasted bone marrow. Weird right? But I had it at a French restaurant in Vancouver called the Crocodile and it was one of the best things I’ve ever tasted. I’d love to try making it at home. Looks soooo good.

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erin @ yummy supper April 6, 2012 at 6:30 pm

Dude, bone marrow? You rock!
xxoo
E

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Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious April 6, 2012 at 7:48 pm

I didn’t know bone marrow was actually doable at home! I’ve only had it once at Animal and it was AH-MAZING. I’ll have to give this a try! Oh and I’ll be sure to never drive with an allergy eyeball. Glad you found your car though!

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Alex April 6, 2012 at 8:19 pm

I laughed when I read this because I also have a weird allergy problem where sometimes one eye just gets really puffy like someone punched me and I always go driving around just looking out of my good eye :)

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Becky Kozak April 6, 2012 at 8:49 pm

Oh no! Good thing you got home okay and your eyes are good enough to take beautiful pictures of icky bone marrow!

(I’m not a fan, I could never choke it down haha)

xo Becky

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Sarah April 6, 2012 at 10:38 pm

So good to hear I’m in good company when it comes to the dreaded allergy eyeball! I always felt like the only one!

Also, YUM. Can’t wait to try this! I made your arroz con pollo last night and it was delicious!

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Adrianna April 7, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Oh that’s soooo awesome! Yay!

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Barb Bamber April 7, 2012 at 8:14 am

You poor thing.. I’ve done that too! If you have an emergency or automatic opener.. I usually set off the alarm with my remote so I can find my car by sound, lol! I’ve never even tasted marrow.. this looks fantastic and very gourmet! Love your photos as well:) xo

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Alexandra April 7, 2012 at 10:11 pm

That sounds crazy. I’ve always wanted to check out LA – I’ve heard so many good things, but then the negative about the pollution and the traffic…I’m hoping to check it out this Summer – especially since you said it’s one of the prettiest places you’ve been!

Also, wonderful recipe! Your blog is one of my favorites :)

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Nicole April 8, 2012 at 12:50 am

Laughing so hard I’m almost in tears. I am the queen of getting lost in parking lots, unfamiliar neighborhoods, etc. I have at least two epic stories. The first time happened in college when I was returning some personal items to an ex-boyfriend, who I of course still had feelings for, and who had since moved to a new dorm on the other side of a huge campus that I was not very familiar with (we went to different schools). After having a somewhat awkward chat, I left, but try as I might, I couldn’t find my car afterwards, and got so frustrated that I eventually gave in and called him; gentleman that he is, he (only slightly begrudgingly) helped me track it down #mortified. Equally bad, or arguably worse (again during those silly college years), I drove out late one evening to visit a friend at her school for a house party and parked my car without much of a thought. The next morning when I got up to leave (markedly hungover and a bit brain-dead, mind you) I couldn’t find the car if my life depended on it. I eventually decided that it must have been stolen and called the non-emergency police and reported the supposed theft. Turns out it was a few blocks away… I sure did feel sheepish when I got a call back from the police saying they found it. Naturally, my darling friend loves to recall this story whenever introducing me to others. So, it’s safe to say that I can commiserate.

On another note entirely, I had no doubts about bookmarking this recipe, I really had no idea that the technique for roasting bone marrow was this simple, and I’m certain that my dear boyfriend will eagerly devour these (bone marrow is a favorite albeit indulgent appetizer for us). Thanks for sharing!

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Adrianna April 8, 2012 at 8:33 pm

HAHAHAHA! The last story is too much. I lost my car at the airport once and swore it was stolen…until I found it 30 minutes later. Womp womp.

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Nicole April 9, 2012 at 10:14 am

Oh no! Seriously, if I could change one thing about myself, it would be to have a better sense of direction. At least these escapades make for good stories.

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Jill~a SaucyCook April 8, 2012 at 10:01 am

Your bone marrow sounds yummy and your photo is lovely. I can totally sympathize with both your eye allergy and loosing your car at the mall. Sadly for me the time I lost my car at the mall, my eyes were fine. Apparently far better than my memory or my sense of direction. I did discover, however, that those guys in the funny little MALL SECURITY carts will actually drive you around and help you find your car!!

Cheers!

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Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) April 8, 2012 at 4:13 pm

I’m in culinary school and we made bone marrow flan this past week! It was pretty delicious :)

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Adrianna April 8, 2012 at 8:33 pm

Bone marrow flan?! Whoa. That sounds crazy/awesome.

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The Chic Teach April 9, 2012 at 9:51 am

Uhhhhh…being as I’m a newly converted non-vegetarian, this kind of freaks me out. Tell me, what the heck does bone marrow even taste like?!

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Adrianna April 9, 2012 at 10:31 am

The consistency is almost like a curd. Like a lemon curd? It’s smooth and creamy. (I’m not sure if I’m helping with convincing you it’s not gross…hahaha.)

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The Grazer April 12, 2012 at 4:14 am

Oh Wow! I love this! I had it once in St. John restaurant in London… Amazing! Love your blog too, it’s one of my favourites.

Anna x

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Lucia April 14, 2012 at 1:39 pm

This is not a Bourdain recipe! In the my last supper book he says that he would eat Fergus Henderson’s bone marrow w/ Parsely salad. It’s a Fergus Henderson recipe!

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Adrianna April 14, 2012 at 4:12 pm

This is when recipe copyright can get complicated and really confusing. From my understanding he wrote the recipe (in his words), which was obviously inspired–if not straight-up duplicated–from one of his favorite meal’s by Henderson. So, the directions that I followed were Bourdain’s; and in copyright world it makes technically his recipe, not Henderson’s. Does this make sense? But I mean, it’s obviously no secret that in real life, it’s totally Henderson’s. :)

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Ron April 29, 2012 at 10:50 am

I love the classic combination of marrow and parsley. If I ever have left over marrow and parsley after a meal (which I usually don’t), I like to render all the fat out of the marrow, let cool, mix fat with parsley and room temperature butter. Then I have compound marrow butter that I can refrigerate or freeze to put on a nice steak!

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Adrianna April 29, 2012 at 12:22 pm

That is so wild. I must do this!

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Ron @ allfoodeverything April 29, 2012 at 12:51 pm

I guess if you’re actually going to try this, I should provide a bit more direction. The butter should be malleable so get it close to room temperate first. Since marrow is mostly monosaturated fat, you should refrigerate that so it solidifies. chop finely the parsley and shallots. Add a clove of garlic for an extra kick. As you’re mixing (I do it by hand), you may have return it to the fridge once or twice just to keep the whole thing from melting too much. Once you have the compound butter, you can wrap it in plastic wrap and shape it to a cylinder so its nice and round for service.

I’m testing out the ratio of marrow fat to butter. So far I’ve found that 1:1 (fat:butter) gives great flavor but leaves the butter a bit too soft. 1:2 or even 1:3 will give you more of a buttery consistency. I do like 1:1 though since I keep it in the freezer and it melts nicely on steak.

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Ron @ allfoodeverything April 29, 2012 at 1:06 pm

edit: monosaturated = monounsaturated.

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Adrianna April 29, 2012 at 5:56 pm

Thanks for explaining this in such detail, Ron. Sounds rad! I think I’m digging the idea of doing 1:1 and just getting help from the freezer. :)

Megan April 30, 2012 at 4:50 am

For some reason, when I have tried to cook with bone marrow, some of the marrow on the inside (a very small amount) will soften, and the rest remains bony and unpleasant to eat. I am not sure why. It has happened consistently. Am I missing something? All I do is put it on a roasting pan in the oven at 450. I have also done 350 because a different recipe suggested that. And I have left it in as long as 45 mins with no difference being made.

I would appreciate any help because I love bone marrow!

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MamaKarla September 17, 2013 at 12:35 pm

Wow….Mexicans love bone marrow and my dad who was a Yaqui Indian said they used to fight over who got to eat it. We wrapped in tortillas…delicious!!!

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