I always associate this dish with the cooler months, when I want to be warm and toasty indulging in this decadence with a nice glass of French red wine. This Roasted Bone Marrow recipe only takes 15-20 minutes of the roasting process and can be enjoyed as an appetizer or a light meal. It's best served with some Chopped Parsley Salad, with a pinch of flaky salt like Kosher salt, and a loaf of crusty bread.
What Does Roasted Marrow Bone Taste Like
It is referred to as the "butter of the gods" well because it tastes like butter. Due to its rich buttery flavor, it is often served with a parsley mixture that consists of something acidic like capers and lemon juice to help cut through the rich flavor of the marrow.
Wines with high acids and low tannins like Beaujolais or red Burgundy will pair perfectly well with Roasted Marrow Bone recipes. Much like the acids in the Parsley Salad, these types of wines also with their high acid content will cut through the richness of the marrow, without overpowering the overall taste of the dish.
Are Marrow Bones Healthy
There are a lot of misconceptions that marrow bones are not good for you because it is fatty. That is further from the truth! According to Healthline Nutrition:
- Marrow provides energy, and is rich in healthy fats! At least 70% unsaturated fat.
- It's rich in iron, Calcium, Phosphorus, Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, and Vitamin E.
- Marrow has trace amounts of minerals like Thiamin and Niacin.
- Science has also shown that marrow contains substances that boost and maintain our body's immune system.
- Bone marrow has health-promoting compounds that have been linked to decreased inflammation, better skin health, improved joint function, ensures digestion of food, improves overall gut health, lowers the risk of diabetes, reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases, and lowers the risk of obesity-associated cancer.
- Lastly, bone marrow has been found to restore white blood cells.
I hope that has convinced you to make this healthy for you beef marrow bones recipe!
Nothing could be any simpler to make...
- Beef Marrow Bones: You can find beef bones or roasting bones from a butcher shop or grocery store. I get marrow bones from Wallace Farms, my local farmer. Their products are free from antibiotics, hormones, and chemicals.
- Coarse Gray Sea Salt: Kosher Salt
- Fresh Parsley Salad
2 Easy Steps on How To Roast Marrow Bones
- Step 1: In a preheated 400-degree oven, place the marrow bones with the cut side down on a roasting pan, or on an ovenproof frying pan or ovenproof skillet, and roast for 20 minutes.
- Step 2: Scoop out the marrow from the bone, spread it on a slice of warm crusty bread, top with a pinch of parsley salad, sprinkle some coarse sea salt, and voila! You're set! How easy is that?
NOTE: If the marrow bones have traces of blood, soak them first in salted water for 12 to 24 hours and place them in the refrigerator. Replace the liquid with fresh cool water every 4 hours.
Use a baking sheet and place it underneath the roasting pan to help catch any grease splatters.
The price of bone marrow will vary depending on the quality of the meat you buy. Grass-fed bones from healthy animals are better for your overall health but come at a premium price compared to grain-fed marrow bones.
Have the butcher cut the marrow bones either vertically or horizontally (known as the canoe cut).
Frequently Asked Questions
You can use the bones to make bone broth. Just put them in a stockpot with some vegetables like carrots, celery, onions, garlic, etc. along with your favorite herbs and spices.
Yes! The roasted marrow bones can be reheated in a warm oven. Just keep a close eye because if you overheat it, the marrow will start to dissolve.
No, it is not, however, soaking the marrow bones in salted water for 12 to 24 hours helps to remove any remaining blood.
Thaw the bones in the refrigerator overnight or for up to 48 hours. Be sure to have them at room temperature for 30 minutes before roasting.
Thawed marrow bones can be stored for at least 7 days in the refrigerator.
Once roasted, the marrow will puff slightly and will have an internal temperature of 145°F (63 °C) in the center when measured with an instant-read thermometer.
Other Recipes For Entertaining
- 5 center-cut beef marrow bones (about 4 pounds total)
- 1 cup fresh parsley roughly chopped
- 1 shallots thinly sliced
- 2 teaspoons capers
- 1 ½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- Coarse sea salt to taste
- 4 or more ½-inch-thick slices of crusty bread, toasted
FOR THE MARROW:
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Put marrow bones with the wide opening facing up on a cookie sheet or baking dish.5 center-cut beef marrow bones
- Bake for 20-25 minutes. Cook until the marrow is softened. Stop before marrow begins to liquefy.
- Remove from heat.
FOR THE BREAD:
- Cut ½" thick diagonally4 or more ½-inch-thick slices of crusty bread, toasted
- Brush slices with melted butter
- Bake as directed on the packaging
- With a knife or small fork, scoop out the marrow from the bone
- Spread on toasted crusty bread
- Top with parsley salad and sprinkle some coarse salt1 cup fresh parsley, 1 shallots, 2 teaspoons capers, 1 ½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, Coarse sea salt to taste
- You can also use marrow bones that are sliced horizontally (canoe type) which makes the marrow easier to get at using any appetizer spoon.
- Serve with Parsley Salad.
- Save the marrow bones to make bone broth.