Beef Bones

By Kevin • 30 or Less, All, Meat, Starters • 7 Oct 2012

If you’ve never tried this fabulously fatty treat, you owe it to yourself to indulge at least once. The richness of the marrow is countered by the citrusy zest of the gremolada and the bite of salt. After eating enough of this, you may find yourself passed out and drooling from the intense pleasure. In fact, although normally served as an appetizer, it’s so rich, you may want to eat it along with a big, red wine and forget the entree.

Time: 30 minutes

Serves: 4


8 3-inch pieces beef (ideally veal) leg bone (Ask for marrow bones)
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 tablespoons flat leaf parsley – finely chopped
2 cloves garlic – very finely chopped or crushed
¼ teaspoon lemon zest
⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
⅛ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
Coarse sea salt for serving


Preheat your oven to 450F.

Place the beef bones in an oven-proof pan and place it in the oven for twenty minutes.

While the bones are roasting, combine the remaining ingredients in a small bowl to make a gremolada.

Remove the bones from the oven, plating with the bowl of gremolada and coarse sea salt. The marrow from the centres of the bones is typically spread on grilled bread along with the gremolada and seasoned with a pinch of salt. Grain-free crackers can be used in place of bread.

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4 Responses

  1. Row

    The marrow is liquid gold, man. Delicious stuff!

    • Chef Alex at Bistro 7 1/4 prepares them beautifully, though they’re so inexpensive to buy, you’ve got to make then at home occasionally.

      • Row

        Ah, thanks for the dining tip! I had them at Segovia eons ago, but alas, they’re no longer on the menu. Btw, where’s a good place to buy them? Thanks again! 🙂

        • The first time I had bone marrow was at the amazing Segovia. I was an instant addict! Just ask your local butcher for marrow bones and get them cut to a couple of inches long. They are dirt cheap because most people would have no idea what to do with them. You likely won’t find them packaged up in stretch film. Just ask for them.

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