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Beef Tongue in Tomato Sauce | Lengua de Res en Salsa de Jitomate

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My family’s beef tongue recipe took on new significance when I married into a Sephardic Jewish family. During the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, there is a tradition of serving tongue as one of the symbolic foods. Eating and reciting a blessing over the head, or part of the head, of a kosher animal signifies the desire to be a leader and move forward in the New Year, rather than linger behind, like a tail.

When served during our celebratory dinner, many family members respectfully decline to eat the tongue. Not surprisingly, when I prepared my version last year, I found that I had gained some converts (and some people even asked for seconds!). Both my cousin and my godmother will be pleasantly surprised that their recipe has taken on new meaning and become an integral part of our Jewish New Year holiday meal.  Read More…