Marrow ala Henderson Recipe

Marrow ala Henderson


8-12 Beef marrow bones* or around ~4 lbs.
1.5 T Olive oil
2/3 T Lemon juice
2 t capers
1 cup parsley, whole leaves or roughly chopped
1 large shallot, finely sliced
4-8 thinly sliced pieces of toasted bread
Rough sea salt to taste

*Finding the marrow bones, as the nyt article mentions, is indeed the difficult part of this recipe. Other than going to your butcher and asking for them (no longer than 3 inches, preferably open at both ends) I have recently found them in the refrigerated meat section of hispanic markets in Oregon. Locating marrow bones is well worth your trouble for this fantastic treat.

How to make Marrow ala Henderson

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
Put the marrow bones on a foil-covered baking sheet and roast for 15 minutes, or until a knife slides through the marrow easily, but before it begins to disintegrate out of the bone.

In the meantime, mix the olive oil and lemon juice in a small bowl. Combine parsley, sliced shallot and capers into a salad and toast your bread (I toasted mine in a pan on the stovetop).

Right before the marrow is ready, put dressing over the salad.

Serve on large plates with marrow, toast, salad and sea salt. Eat by scooping marrow onto toast, putting on salt to taste and then layering on the salad.

This recipe was originated by British chef Fergus Henderson and is absolutely delicious. More info:

Works as an appetizer or an entree for 2.
Question from the Chef

“How do you like marrow? Ever tried it?”

  • yongfook
    yongfook says

    awesome! like many, I saw this dish on Anthony Bourdain's "No Reservations" show. He loved it.

  • worldpeas
    worldpeas says

    lol i could sit around and eat this all day

  • muttoneer
    muttoneer says

    I'll have to look up that episode. I was just looking online for a good way to roast the marrow bones I found. Turned out to be a very good way indeed.

  • honeynbutters
    honeynbutters says

    I've never tried it this way with the bread but it sounds delicious. Will be sure to give it a try this way, thanks.

  • muttoneer
    muttoneer says

    How funny... I've always eaten marrow on bread or toast from when I first ordered Osso Bucco. Never really thought of not putting it on bread.

  • mickeykitterman
    mickeykitterman says

    I have always wanteedto taste this dish-the only time I eat morrow is osso bucco-sounds so rich.

  • muttoneer
    muttoneer says

    It is quite rich, but it makes a deliciously decadent treat once in a while. And since it's so easy to make - you should treat yourself.

  • jasonberg
    jasonberg says

    the chef at my favorite local restaurant brought this out a few weeks ago (on the house no less!) amazing, thanks for sharing.

  • Maomaouchi
    Maomaouchi says

    OH SHEEEEEEEIIIIIIITTTTTT hardcore. looks delicious.

  • Caduceus
    Caduceus says

    Add another to the "Saw it on Bourdain" train. Now that I've seen how easy it is to make, I'll give it a try. Thank you.

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