Tongue toast

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Tongue toast
Beef tongue and eggs.jpg
TypeOpen sandwich
CourseBreakfast or hors d'oeuvre
Main ingredientsBread, beef tongue, scrambled eggs, onions

Tongue toast is a traditional open sandwich prepared with sauteed beef tongue and scrambled eggs.[1][2] It is seasoned to taste with black pepper and onions. The tongue was sometimes served on buttered toast with a poached egg instead of a scrambled one.[3] While it was primarily prepared as a dish for breakfast, it was also eaten for lunch and dinner.[4]

A variant served for breakfast involved the use of boiled, smoked beef tongue, cream, scrambled egg, and seasoned to taste with nutmeg, pepper, chopped parsley, and chopped green peppers.[5] A modern variant involved the use of reindeer tongue instead of beef tongue.[6]

Tongue toast was also served as an hors d'oeuvre, prepared in a similar fashion to a French toast preparation, as a star-shaped appetizer stamped out of buttered toast with mustard butter added to it.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Thomas Jefferson Murrey, Cookery for Invalids (White, Stokes & Allen, 1887)
  2. ^ Sarah Annie Frost, The Godey's Lady's Book Receipts and Household Hints (Evans, Stoddart & Company 1870)
  3. ^ Phillis Browne, The Dictionary of Dainty Breakfasts (Cassell 1898, in New York Public Library)
  4. ^ Milburn (New Jersey) Budget - 11 August 1886
  5. ^ Rufus Estes, Good Things to Eat, as Suggested by Rufus: A Collection of Practical Recipes for Preparing Meats, Game, Fowl, Fish, Puddings, Pastries, Etc (self published 1911, in New York Public Library)
  6. ^ Mixed Nuts - Central Europe Review, 20 November 2000
  7. ^ Auguste Escoffier, The Escoffier Cook Book: a Guide to the Fine Art of Cookery (Random House 1941) ISBN 0-517-50662-9