Marrow Butter and Toast


Marrow Butter

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Making marrow butter ia an alternate method of enjoying roasted marrow bones. It’s an easier and more versatile way to use the marrow, because it doesn’t require trimming the bones and lasts longer when refrigerated. Spread it on crackers or toast, saute vegetables and mushrooms or pan sear a steak with it in lieu of regular butter.

If you are an adventurous eater and already know you like this delicacy, take a look at my marrow bones post.

How to Convert a Newbie

It’s all in their head. The name and bones on a plate triggers their fight or flight response. To overcome this we make butter ahead of time, destroy all the evidence (the bones) and dispose of the trash. What’s left is a pretty little crock of fatty goodness that looks very similar to real butter, mixed with herbs and seasonings. Looks harmless right?

I don’t recommend misleading your guests. Fully disclose what this is, because it’s all about trust and you do want to remain friends. The marrow butter looks good and almost anyone will be willing to take a small taste. Once they commit to that, it’s game over and they will help you finish it off one toast point at a time.

  • Author: TJ
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x



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  • 34 – 1 cup roasted bone marrow: 3-5 pounds of bones cut lengthwise, referred to as canoe cuts
  • 1/4 cup parsley -roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp thyme leaves
  • White bread – toasted with the crusts removed
  • Sea salt – to taste
  • Ground black pepper – to taste
  • Capers – on the side
  • Coarse sea salt – on the side
  • Fresh lemon – quartered


  1. Rinse and purge marrow bones in well salted water overnight in the refrigerator
  2. Preheat oven to 425
  3. Remove the bones from the water and pat them dry
  4. Spread them on a baking sheet and roast for 12-15 minutes until the marrow begins to bubble
  5. Remove and scrape the marrow into a blender or food processor
  6. Add thyme, parsley and a pinch of salt
  7. Pulse until liquified and mixed thoroughly
  8. Taste and adjust seasonong with salt and pepper
  9. Pour into a crock or individual serving containers
  10. Refrigerate for 30 minutes until set
  11. While waiting toast the bread, trim the crusts and quarter into points
  12. Serve with toast points, coarse pepper, capers and lemon

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