Roasted Bone Marrow

with garlic and lemon

“You already got sick once,” they said. “There’s no way that you’ll get sick twice in one winter!” they said. Well, thankfully I’m now on the mend, but you heard it right: sick twice in as many months. I guess it’s the cold weather? Who knows. I am not letting anybody near me going forward. We can do that old timey plague handshake where we bump forearms – I’m not shaking your hand or getting near you if you so much as get a tickle in your throat. I’m over it! I’m this close to being one of those crazies who wears a surgical mask on the subway. I saw a lady wearing one last week and thought, “What a dummy.” Who’s laughing now? Her, under her weird surgical mask, while I sit here dying. Well played, lady, well played. Anyway, I didn’t say too much in my last post because I wanted you all to take in the beauty that is our new pancake video. Kramer and I made it all on our own and I’m very proud of it, so please check it out and send it to your friends and family (but beware: they will ask you to make them some pancakes). Other than being sick, Kramer and I have just been watching the snow slowly melt since last Friday. We considered going out to dinner that night, then decided to just order a pizza and watch as many episodes of House of Cards before all of the pizza and bourbon we consumed while doing absolutely nothing other than sitting on the couch did us in. I don’t understand Netflix’s business plan (why release all of the episodes at once?), but I really love Kevin Spacey, so I’m also in love with the show. He plays such a good villan…although villan probably isn’t the right word for his character. Neither is sleazy politician…but that’s a bit closer, I suppose. Robin Wright is lovely in it, too. If you’ve got Netflix, do yourself a favor and watch! They’re all already up, so there’s no waiting required. Plus, David Fincher directed the first two episodes, so you can’t go wrong.

Roasted Bone MarrowChecking out the snow.

Other than being snowed in, Kramer’s sister Rachel has her final photography exhibition for school going on this week, so I spent the weekend baking loaf after loaf of ciabatta bread, which were then turned into pressed picnic sandwiches. I think we ended up with about 100 salami sandwiches and 50 vegan sandwiches; not too bad! I also made about 200 Jacques Torres chocolate chip cookies. I could never cater. I barely had room for just three different items in my kitchen and I couldn’t imagine doing more. It was fun to see how much I could really do, though, and making so many loaves of bread was definitely a learning experience. Saturday night, we also grabbed dinner with our friends Matt and Amanda at a favorite spot, Le Barricou (where they make excellent escargot), followed by drinks at The Shanty, which is a great little bar as long as you can keep your 1/3-full drink away from the staff (all of us had our almost-but-not-quite-done drinks taken when we weren’t looking by the busser…I have a feeling that we were playing some sort of game that I intend to win next time). Speaking of winning…I’m in third place in the finals for the 2013 Homies Awards, so please go vote for me if you can! I am so honored to have been nominated and I’ve met so many new, wonderful people as a result, so thank you for being there for me and supporting me throughout this process!

Roasted Bone MarrowThat’s what I’m talking about.

So, after a cold weekend that ended in my sore throat and coughing, there’s nothing better than rich, fatty bone marrow to make me feel better. If you’ve ever had bone marrow, then you are probably salivating right now, and if you haven’t, do yourself a favor and make it ASAP! Just ask the butcher at your grocery store or deli for some, because I promise you they have ’em. It may seem like some kind of fancy restaurant dish that isn’t worth making at home, but that is a completely incorrect assumption. They couldn’t be easier to make. You just put them all in a large, oven-proof pan (preferably cast iron), then roast at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes. That’s it. If you’re so inclined, you can wrap a head of garlic in a foil packet, drizzled in olive oil, and pop it in a bit beforehand to roast for 40 minutes or so – this will give you caramelized roasted garlic that you can spread on toast before slathering your bone marrow on top. Add just a light squeeze of lemon, and you’re on cloud nine, I’m telling you. Bone marrow is so delicious, it’s like if they made meat into butter…well, I guess it’s not like that, it is that. Vegetarians and vegans, beware ye who enter here, because we’re in fatty, beefy territory, and once you’ve had a bite, there’s no turning back. When there’s snow on the ground and you’re feeling a bit under the weather, this will put some color back in your cheeks, I promise. When I eat bone marrow, I can feel little hearts floating up above my head like I’m in some sort of cartoon. It’s just pure heaven.

Roasted Bone MarrowDuring the storm the sky was this weird orange color.

Roasted Bone Marrow
Roasted Bone MarrowA bit of my weekend: snow on top of The Warwick Hotel outside of my office, after-storm breakfast of leftover pizza with a fried egg on top, a delicious deli sandwich from around the corner, and some of the 200 chocolate chip cookies I made for my sister-in-law Rachel’s photography exhibition.

Roasted Bone MarrowI also made pressed vegan sandwiches of roasted garlic and scallion hummus, roasted red peppers, cucumbers, and celery sprouts all on vegan ciabatta bread.
Roasted Bone MarrowI also made my favorite pressed picnic sandwiches.

Roasted Bone MarrowSo moody.

Roasted Bone Marrow
So, bone marrow is super easy. You just roast it at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes and slather it on bread.

Roasted Bone Marrow
Serve with oven roasted garlic and a squeeze of lemon juice.

Roasted Bone Marrow
Jesus take the wheel.

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Roasted Bone Marrow
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Serves: 4-5 as an appetizer
Buttery roasted bone marrow with roasted garlic and a squeeze of lemon.
  • 8-10 pieces/cuts of beef bones, marrow in tact
  • 1 head of garlic, top cut off
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1-2 lemons, for squeezing
  • sea salt, for sprinkling
  • chives, for garnish
  • toast, for serving
  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Cut off the top of a head of garlic, drizzle with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and wrap in a foil packet. Put the garlic in the oven and roast for 40 minutes or so, until golden and caramelized.
  2. After the garlic has been in the oven for 20 minutes, place your bone marrow in a heavy-bottomed skillet so they all stand upward, and roast them in the oven for 20 minutes, until the fat is soft and melty, but not completely melted (which will happen, so keep an eye on it or you will just have pools of fat in your pan, which is no good).
  3. Serve the bone marrow hot, with small spoons or forks, alongside the garlic for spreading, lemon for squeezing, and salt and chives for sprinkling. Enjoy!


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And, one last time as the contest ends today, I am honored to be in the finals for the 2013 Homies Awards – if you are able and think I deserve it, please go vote for me! Thank you for all of your support.

20 Responses

  1. Elena says:

    So much to say – don’t know where to start! :)
    First of all, get better! Unfortunately getting sick twice (or even several times) during one season is a “perk” of NYC living. I was getting sick twice a season for the first 5 years of living in New York, but then I stopped getting sick all together and haven’t been sick in years! I guess my immune system saw every kind of virus there is :)
    Second, I love bone marrow. My grandma used to slow roast beef on a bone, and I got to eat the bone’s insides. But I always thought this is something you do not officiate. All the more so, I never knew there are official dishes made out of it with recipes and beautiful presentation. But again, what do I know… :)
    And third, we also started watching House of Cards over the weekend. I’m so impressed with every aspect of it – actors, production, story… I worship Spacey and absolutely adore Robin Wright. Btw, how hot does she look for her age?

  2. Sorry you’re sick! Hope you’re enjoying the snow. I totally have snow-envy, although I don’t mind the 70 degree sunny LA weather. I’m still walking around in flip-flops.

    As for this bone marrow – uh, yes please! I’ve never actually made bone marrow before but I’m sure Jason would be thrilled. We’ve only had it once in a restaurant and we loved it so much. I’m sure the homemade version is a gazillion times better.

  3. Hope you’re on a speedy recovery! And congrats on the Homies nomination! By the way, this bone marrow recipe looks incredible. I’ve always been too intimidated to cook up marrow, but you make it look so easy!

  4. Lynna says:

    Congrats on your nomination! I know it`s over now, but still, it`s great how popular your blog is! 😀

    I`m honestly really intrigued with this bone marrow recipe! I don`t think I`ve heard of it before!

    P.S. Why are you sooo pretty?!!

  5. Lindsey says:

    Oh wow, I am salivating at my desk and dreading my bland salad for lunch. This looks like it surpasses any bone marrow I’ve ever ordered. Super jealous.

  6. Wow you cooked up a storm! Making me very hungry with those presses and cookies. That would be the perfect lunch for me today!

  7. Sarah says:

    I would really love to know, how do you edit your fantastic pictures? Is there a particular filter you use? Glad you’re feeling better, too!

  8. […] Roasted Bone Marrow – I’ve only had this once and for some reason never thought to make it at home. It’s perfectly carnivorous though on a cold winter day. (@ Crepes of Wrath) […]

  9. I hope you are feeling better. I’m always the crazy lady doing whatever it takes to not get sick. This week I went to the dentist and called before to make sure they wouldn’t contaminate me! So nice of you to make all of that food for the exhibit. I don’t think I would know how to bake in such large volumes. I have.never had bone marrow but am dying to try it. My stomach is totally growling.

  10. elizabeth says:

    I’ve only recently become a bone marrow convert thanks to Hawksmoor at Home, but oh is it ever delicious. (They have you cover it with caramelized onions, but now I really want to try the roasted garlic and lemon.) I wish I had found you prior to the end of the Homies voting, but I’m glad I found you now!

  11. Rachael says:

    I LOVE bone marrow and make it whenever I think to pick up the bones, although I have major trouble finding the correct bones to use because Whole Foods sometimes puts out this small, knuckle discs with no depth. I’ve had more success than not, though if you know the precise bone I could ask for to some novice butchers at chain stores I’d appreciate it.

    Hmm…I have parsley, shallots and capers hanging out in my kitchen too. I think it’s time to roast up some bone marrow this weekend!

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  13. Vicky says:

    Beautifully styled shots, love the idea of bone marrow as a snack. Best of luck with the homies.

  14. canalcook says:

    Love roasted bone marrow. One of my favourite London restaurants, Pitt Cue Co mixes it with creamy mash, it’s amazing. The weird yellow colour in the sky is always the warning sign that snow is coming here in Denmark, once you see it you know trouble is on its way.

  15. […] warm out, but I figured that it’d be a recipe best shared in the cooler months. I love making bone marrow at home because it really couldn’t be easier or feel more gourmet and fancy. Spread some of […]

  16. pbarr002 says:

    u are so fly.

  17. Debra says:

    Just made this….oh boy was it good! Glad I decided to be adventurous. :)

  18. […] warm out, but I figured that it’d be a recipe best shared in the cooler months. I love making bone marrow at home because it really couldn’t be easier or feel more gourmet and fancy. Spread some of […]

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