Bone marrow and parmesan toasts – Winter’s Bone

The movie:

The dish:
Bone marrow and parmesan toasts.


The reason:

‘Never ask for what oughta be offered’ warns our steely 17 year old heroine Ree Dolly. Though if your butcher doesn’t offer to cut the marrow bones for you, you best ask him nicely. Let’s leave the hacking away at limbs with saws to the spouses of crank dealers in the mountains of Missouri. This is a warming dish for a frosty film. The roasted bone marrow is as rich as Ree’s fatherless family is poor. The toast needs to be crunchy and it pays to be generous with the salt. As for the parmesan? It’s just there for extra flavour. There’s nothing cheesy about this film at all.

The way: 


Serves 6 as canapés or starters
3-4 long marrow bones (you want to make sure that the marrow is visible and accessible in the center of the bone)
20 grams of parmesan cheese, shaved into slivers
A handful of chopped parsley leaves
6 slices of good quality sourdough bread, sliced thinly
Salt and pepper

1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C/350 F.

2. Put the marrow bones in a roasting dish, lying on their sides. Roast them for 15-20 minutes until the center marrow crusty at the ends and bubbling.

3. Toast the bread.

4. Extract the marrow from the center of the bones with a thin knife or a long spoon.

5. Dip the toast in some of the oils that will have leached out of the roasting bones. Spread the marrow over the toast and top that with thin slivers of parmesan cheese and a sprinkling of chopped parsley.

6. Place the toasts under the grill for 3 minutes until the parmesan melts. Season with salt and pepper.


Other options: 

I guess there’s always the option of skinned and fried squirrel (that you’ve shot yourself).

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  1. Oooh, I think my mum would love this! She's the type to gnaw on chicken bones, you see 😛

  2. I would be quite happy to eat this. I haven't seen the movie or any movies in the Oscar nominations so I cannot give a critical perspective on how this dish pairs with the movie, all I know and care about is I want it:)

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