Search Recipes

Beef tendon puffs

Jill Dupleix
Jill Dupleix

These gorgeous, golden puffs can be pricey when you eat out, but are made from one of the cheapest meats you can buy; beef tendon - the connective tissue between muscles. Raw, they ain't pretty - but with a little time and effort, they're transformed into a perfect snack for beer o'clock, a topping for beef stew, or serve with a burger.

It's worth taking the time to make these gorgeous, golden bar snacks.
It's worth taking the time to make these gorgeous, golden bar snacks. Photo: Dominic Lorrimer

Ingredients

700g beef tendons (order ahead from a good butcher)

 1 tbsp vinegar

1 tsp peppercorns

4 bay leaves

8 cloves

vegetable oil for deep-frying

For dusting

1 tsp sea salt

1 tsp smoked paprika

Method

1. Wash the tendons well and place in a large pot of cold water. Add vinegar, peppercorns, bay leaves and cloves and bring to the boil. Turn heat to very low and simmer very gently for six hours, or until the tendons are very soft and tender. Drain well and allow to cool. Pick out and remove any impurities or meat still remaining, press into a terrine mould, place a weight on top and refrigerate overnight.

2. Finely slice the tendons into strips and arrange the strips on a lightly oiled wire rack. Heat the oven to 50C, or the lowest possible heat, and leave to dehydrate for 10 hours or overnight.

3. Crush the sea salt and paprika to a powder. Heat the oil to 180C and fry the crisps in small batches, removing them from the oil as soon as they puff up (three or four seconds). Drain well on paper towel and toss in the paprika sea salt. Serve hot.

*Allowing five puffs per person, this recipe should serve about 12 people. To make enough for four people, use enough tendons to cut 20 fine slices and proceed with the recipe. Any remaining tendons can be frozen for future use.

Main ingredient:
Beef
Cuisine:
Contemporary
Course:
Finger-food, Snacks, Side Dish
Occasion:
Cocktail Party, New Years, Dinner Party

Comments

Be the first to comment.

Make a comment

You are logged in as [Logout]

All information entered below may be published.

Error: Please enter your screen name.

Error: Your Screen Name must be less than 255 characters.

Error: Your Location must be less than 255 characters.

Error: Please enter your comment.

Error: Your Message must be less than 300 words.

Post to

You need to have read and accepted the Conditions of Use.

Thank you

Your comment has been submitted for approval.

Comments are moderated and are generally published if they are on-topic and not abusive.

Recipes - Forum

What we’re cooking

Latest on EK

Pester power: Call for ban on free toys used to sell unhealthy food

Obesity experts say freebies should be restricted to attracting children to healthier options.

Mums' workload equals 2.5 full-time jobs

A study has found working mums toil for an average of 98 hours a week.

How many of our bosses would have aced NAPLAN tests?

In more than 25 years' of journalism, I've never interviewed a leader who topped his or her class at school.

Children's shoes found to contain cancer-causing chemical

The ACCC had issued an urgent recall.

When it comes to sport, boys 'play like a girl'

Girls in primary school are just as physically capable as their male classmates, according to research.

Find After School Care

Search by Postcode

Find a Babysitter

  • Daytime nannies
  • Casual babysitters
  • After-school care
  • Live-in nannies