Roasted Bone Marrow & Salsa Verde

Bone marrow is wildly underrated as a food.

It seems to have quite a following amongst ruddy cheeked old gentleman with a love of red wine and all things meat based… but less-so when it comes to the young. And I don’t think that’s fair.

It’s delicious, rich, unbelievable when spread on toast and cheap as hell.

It kicks patê’s (and foie gras’) butt if you ask me.

Ludicrously simple to make, I suggest serving it with a little jar of your own home-made green sauce to wow your guests with.

The rich, saltiness of the roasted marrow is a marriage made in heaven with the tangy, sharp salsa verde.

For a light supper or a generous starter for two, you’ll need:

3 cuts of bone marrow (my local supermarket sells them in the meat aisle, or you could ask your butcher. They’re about 70p)

Handful of fresh basil

Handful of flat-leaf parsley

1 tbsp of capers

7 anchovies

1 small clove of garlic, crushed

1tsp red-wine vinegar

Olive oil



Sourdough bread, sliced and toasted

Pre-heat your oven to 200C/390F. Pop your bones into the pan, marrow side up. Sprinkle with flaked sea salt and a grind of pepper. That’s all they need!

Put into roast for about 20-30mins. Keep an eye on them, once they’re brown and bubbling they’re done.

While they’re bronzing away, make your sauce. In a food processor or a pestle and mortar, beat together the basil, parsley, capers, anchovies, garlic, vinegar and a good few glugs of olive oil. You just want enough for it to stop looking like it just came out of the lawn mower and start looking like a creamy, smooth sauce. Put it to one side (this stuff can keep for a week, sealed in the fridge and is killer on sandwiches, meat or veggies).

When the marrow’s ready, toast your bread and serve it all up sharpish!

Two knives and a little spoon are all the tools you need.

Scoop a little of the marrow onto your bread, top with sauce and dig in!

Pair it with a nice bottle of wine and you will be in heaven.

Go on, make to-marrow!

(You might have to say that last line out-loud for it to work… go on, no one’s listening.)

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  • Alice

    I love pâté so will adore this. I’m salivating!!

  • Callie May

    I don’t know if I love the comment “make to-marrow” or the lawn clippings reference more! Thanks for the giggles Rose! Xx ps, bone marrow creates the best flavouring in gravy too! Xx

  • Jaelybean

    This is when I wish I were a Londoner- I asked my butcher for bone marrow a few months ago! He wanted to know if it was for my dog. If I miraculously find some in Belfast I will give this a whirl.

  • This looks beyond delicious- I’ve only ever had marrow once (at Heston Blumenthal’s restaurant) and i found it tasty although surprisingly hard to get my head around what I was eating. Maybe making something with it myself would make that a bit easier?

    I always love your recipe posts- they help me get inspired and back in the kitchen! =)


  • Hmm, that looks delicious and creamy. Will definitely be trying this out.

  • Amber

    Oh my god – this looks DE-LISH! Never been a huge fan of bone marrow but I need to try this.

  • Literally Drooling Rosie! You should think about writing a cookbook!

    Michaela X

  • Amanda Alice

    YES! So enthused for this you have no idea. Thanks for another fabulous recipe, Miss! x

  • Tatiana Hulko

    I so agree that this is a majorly underrated food! I’ve only ever had it at restaurants so great to know how easy it is to do at home!

  • Mm I love narrow and pate so definitely going to be trying this soon!

    Xx Milly

  • As a vegetarian that makes me feel pretty queasy, but your table settings look amazing!!


  • I am definitely not the most adventurous when it comes to food (something I am working on). However, you have made something I normally wouldn’t try sound and look delicious 🙂

  • Isabella Mozzarella

    Rose, your recent blog posts have been fantastically inspiring. Your happiness radiates from your photography and words. I don’t usually comment, but I have been loving your daily posts, please keep them up! They’ve been providing me with excitement about this summer (and my life after that). I’ve only got 8 weeks left of my degree now. Enjoy New York!
    Love Isabella x

  • I’ve never had bone marrow before, but this has got me salivating at the screen!!!

    Hugs xoxo

  • TheGivingBride

    I saw on instagram that you’re in NYC-how long are you here for?

  • Charlotte Blackett

    I love Bone Marrow and always order it in a restaurant if I see it. I agree its widely underrated. yummeeeey.

  • This looks sooo yummy! Will have to make this to impress the boy very soon 😀
    Love Jordan

  • aynur A

    Looks delicious!
    ♥ Filthy Fashion ♥

  • This looks so lovely. I first tried bone marrow at St. John’s near Farringdon. It was amazing. I can’t believe I’d never had it before. Maybe now I’ll need to serve it up myself. Thanks lady!

  • Yummy! looks good

    Cheeni @

  • You make it all look really tasty but I just don’t think I’d be able to get ‘bone’ and ‘marrow’ out of my brain and bring myself to eat it! I definitely need to start thinking outside the box when it comes to food.

    Shel x

  • Adaleta Avdic

    I don’t think I would particularly like this (mainly because I’m a pansy when it comes to trying “new” exotic things), but your photography makes it look so appealing!

  • Lesley

    You’ve made this sound so delicious! I didn’t realize how inexpensive bone marrow is either! I might have to give it a go! x

  • Ria

    My mom grew up eating bone marrow in England after WWII, she said they used safety pins to scoop it out after Sunday dinner. Funny that it’s become such a delicacy now!

  • Emily Kalbun

    Hello rosie
    This looks great. I have allways been a fan of marrow. What made you decide to create this recipe out of curiosity?

  • Kristi Kowalski

    I have occasionally used bone marrow in place of good. I only heard of bone marrow in the past year ~ one the new recipes I was trying called for it so I went along 🙂 Mucho impressed!

  • This is my sister’s comfort food, hahaha! So sophisticated compared to my comfort food… which is essentially macaroni and cheese…

  • Wow! I’d never have thought of trying this but you’ve really got my attention. There’s a really good butcher in my little town so I am going to make this for my parents when I get back from uni, I reckon they’d love it.

  • Couldn’t stop thinking about these little birdies from BBC’s Life documentary. They love marrow too 🙂

    (about that foie gras, I read somewhere it’s possible to make it without force feeding, do you know anything about this? Not judging you at all for eating it, just want to know for myself. 🙂 )

  • I have never tried bone marrow- it always looks so scary. Maybe I will be brave and take the plunge 🙂 xx

  • Completely agree. I love bone marrow but it gets a bad rep because it’s quite fatty. People don’t realise that it’s good fat though! Take a look at my blog post on the bone marrow dish at Magdalen’s on Tooley Street – x

  • I loveeee bone marrow. It’s one of my favorites! Great way to gauge a date, too–if you order marrow and he’s scared of it, get rid of him 🙂 x

  • Bone marrow is literally one of my favourite things ever. I also think it’s totally underrated! Many more restaurants should be serving it, but I can’t wait to make it at home too.

  • I love bone marrow! We eat it in Uganda all the time.

  • You might be the only blogger who could actually make bone marrow look and sound delicious. I always thought of it as something people give their dogs to chew on.. This certainly doesn’t look it!

  • Holly & Boydie G.

    I can honestly say I laughed out loud at the end of this post, who knew marrow was so funny!

  • Emily Halliday

    Oh my gosh, this has made me so so hungry right now!!
    I love all the blogs you put!! I have just started my own blog, and would absolutely love it if you could follow me!


  • I’m absolutely agree about the fabulous flavour of the marrow and how it’s totally underrated…thanks for share this recipe and your opinion about it.

  • Michelle

    i love this! marrow is also crazy rich with nutrients and a true superfood. looooove this!

  • I cannot believe it has never occurred to me to try to cook bone marrow at home! The thought LITERALLY never crossed my mind. I’ve only ever thought of it as a treat you get when you venture out to fancy restaurants. What a ledge! Thanks for sharing!