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Marrow bone with chimichurri and caramelised onion

Australian Gourmet Traveller recipe for marrow bone with chimichurri and caramelised onion.

By Vinny Dotolo & Jon Shook
  • 30 mins preparation
  • 40 mins cooking plus salting
  • Serves 6
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Marrow bone with chimichurri and caramelised onion
You'll need to begin this recipe a day ahead.


  • 6 12cm pieces marrow bone, halved lengthways (see note)
  • 2½ tbsp sea salt flakes
  • 6 5cm-thick slices white bread
  • For buttering: softened butter
Caramelised onion
  • 2 tbsp grapeseed oil or olive oil
  • 2 white onions, finely diced
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • ½ jalapeño chilli, coarsely chopped, half the seeds reserved
  • ½ cup (firmly packed) flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 80 ml extra-virgin olive oil (1/3 cup)
  • 70 ml white vinegar
  • 2 tbsp (firmly packed) oregano, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp dried red chilli flakes


  • 1
    Place marrow bones cut-side up in a single layer in an oven tray, scatter salt over, cover and refrigerate for 20 hours.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, for caramelised onion, heat a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add oil then onion, stir occasionally until onion starts to become translucent (4-5 minutes), reduce heat to low-medium, stir occasionally until deeply caramelised (25-30 minutes), season to taste and keep warm.
  • 3
    Meanwhile, for chimichurri, pound garlic and jalapeño in a mortar and pestle to a smooth paste, transfer to a bowl, combine with remaining ingredients, season to taste with sea salt and set aside.
  • 4
    Preheat oven to 220C. Rinse marrow bones under cold running water, pat dry with absorbent paper, place cut-side up on an oven tray and roast until cooked through (4-6 minutes). Butter both sides of bread slices. Heat a large frying pan over medium heat, add bread and cook, turning once, until toasted (1-2 minutes each side), then halve diagonally and keep warm. Transfer to plates with marrow bones, top with chimichurri and caramelised onion and serve hot.


Note Ask your butcher to halve the marrow bones for you.
Drink Suggestion: A lustrous, rounded chenin blanc, such as a 2006 Savennières. Drink suggestion by Helen Johannesen