Sunday, March 24, 2013

Roasted Marrow Bones with Blood Oranges, Microbroccoli, and Vanilla Salt


These are unabashedly bones.

A love of chicken wings did not come easily to either of us.  To this day, I feel just a teensy bit icky about eating them.  The bones in chicken wings were (are) a hindrance, a barrier, to the good stuff - the meat and sauce.  Not just a barrier, but a hidden barrier encountered after eating has commenced.

There is no deception with this.  Which perhaps explains why my love came so quickly for roasted bones. You don't run into a bone whilst trying to pick at some chicken meat. The bone is the vessel.  Little vessels of meaty, buttery marrow.  So nakedly primal - so loudly, so truly bone.

We love to spread the marrow on little crostini and top it with blood orange juice, vanilla salt, and micro-broccoli.

Ingredients
6-8 marrow bones
drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
pinch kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper

1 baguette, sliced
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper

micro broccoli, broccoli sprouts or other micro green
juice from two small blood oranges

*Vanilla Salt
1 cup kosher salt
vanilla bean, split in half


Instructions
*For the Vanilla Salt:  Place salt and vanilla bean in an airtight container.  Leave them to mingle for a couple days before using.

Heat oven to 450. Drizzle marrow bones with a bit of olive oil.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Roast for 20-30 minutes, until the marrow inside of the bones is soft.

Heat oven to 375. Place the baguette slices on a baking sheet (I used a Silpat to line mine). Pour 1/4 cup olive oil in a bowl, and brush the oil on each slice. Sprinkle a bit of salt and pepper on each. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden-brown.

Spread marrow on crostini, then top with some micro broccoli, blood orange juice, and vanilla salt.



21 comments:

  1. I'm really impressed with this, it's so original! Is micro broccoli just mini broccoli?

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  2. Oh dear, those are certainly bones. :D I've never had marrow, but you make it sound delicious!

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  3. I am so impressed! What a sophisticated yet super yummy sounding recipe. Crostini with marrow and blood orange. I am so jealous of your creativity.

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  4. It seems so crazy, but I'm definitely intrigued! This is probably a recipe for when my wife is out of the house :p
    Very cool stuff though, and you definitely get points for courage! I'll let you know when I take the risk!

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  5. I love when there's marrow on toast on menus.... because that's what I order! love the pics!

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  6. This is so unique - how awesome!!

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  7. I have never prepared anything like this....a very interesting and intriguing recipe.

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  8. These are so gorgeous! I just died a little =)

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  9. I can not agree more :marrow on crostini tastes heavenly!
    Very creative combination of flavors Jenn, thanks for sharing :)

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  10. Yum! What a beautiful snack! Never heard of microbrocolli, but it sounds very sophisticated and intriguing. :)

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  11. This is so cool! I've always wanted to try bone marrow, I hunt for it in restaurants, definitely not brave enough to tackle it myself, or lust after it on Top Chef. This looks fabulous!

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  12. I've only recently come to appreciate bone marrow. It is so very good, and this recipe looks like a great way to feature it. Thank you so much for sharing. As always, a visual and sensory delight. I hope you have a wonderful week!

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  13. My parents would love this...especially my mom. Her grandfather was a butcher and marrow was considered a delicacy. My sisters and I never felt the same...but I can't ever remember even trying marrow! You've definitely made this a gourmet treat :)

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  14. neat i am sure its good if you like it must try them

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  15. This looks so gourmet! I have never tried anything like this but I would love to give it a try! Always good to taste new things!

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  16. As a vegetarian I find it a bit odd to be commenting on this but I think you've paired these with some super unique flavors! I wouldn't picture vanilla going with marrow, but there you go!

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  17. Wow, this is totally new to me. This sounds like a fun idea!

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  18. I love bone marrow - it's so underrated but so, so delicious. Great match up with the vanilla & blood orange.

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  19. I love bone marrows! I grew up eating marrow on – guess what – crostini. This recipe looks amazing and delicious! I also love the blood orange in the mix :)

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  20. I've never had marrow bones, but have been wanting to try them. This looks really interesting and different.

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