Mucho Morro

September 14, 2010 By: erik Category: Food, Funny, Spain, Spanish, Weird 3,033 views

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Mucho Morro (crop)Those of you that know me will not be surprised, once I explain what it means, to learn that “¡Tienes mucho morro!” and “¡Tienes un morro que te lo pisas!” were two of the first native Spanish expressions I learned from my later-to-be wife. The word morro literally means “snout”. So the two phrases above translate literally to “You have a lot of snout!” and “You have a snout [so big] that you step on it!” respectively, the latter being a hyperbolical form of the former. She was not actually suggesting that I needed a rhinoplasty. The closest expression in English that I can think to capture its meaning would be, “You’ve got a lot of nerve, buddy!” It’s something to say to someone that is acting like they are entitled to something that they aren’t, or are just being too prideful. It’s what you’d say to a jerk that drives all the way to the end of a lane that is ending and then cuts in front of your car. Anyone that has ever fed farm animals can clearly understand why the Spanish would use the word “a lot of snout” for such an expression.

So anyway, this morning at my local butcher…

Mucho Morro

Bruno, el carnicero, tiene mucho morro. Bruno, the butcher, has a lot of snout.

Mucho Morro

These are calf snouts. When the cartilage is removed and the remaining skin is chopped up and cooked with vegetables, they produce a very nice sauce, similar to tripe, which is eaten as a delicacy. Snout is very high in collagen, which gives the sauce a jelly-like quality.

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  • A jelly-like sauce made from a baby cow’s face that is similar to tripe?
    You’re not selling this….

  • James Burrow

    Emmm, snout stew, just like mom used to make. 3 cool things in this post besides the awesome snout pics; 1) You have a local butcher, 2) You know his name, 3) His name is Bruno.

    • Paul

      I live 4000 miles West-Northwest of Bruno, yet Bruno is my favorite butcher, and the butcher I buy from the most. I don’t speak Spanish, and he doesn’t speak much English, but when I enter his shop he greets me with a super-loud “Hello Paul!”

      • Good estimate. It’s specifically, from Bruno’s butcher shop to your house, 4051.474 miles, according to the Google Maps Distance Calculator.

        And you’re actually south of us. Our latitude with your longitude is a place near the eastern shore of Lake Huron, just west of Toronto.

    • Not only that, but Bruno is my neighbor, living in the adjacent apartment to mine on my floor. You can’t get much more “local” than that! I have yet to knock on his door to get some knives sharpened, but I assume that I could at any time.

      Oh, and we also eat pig snout.

  • I remember the first time I saw the mucho morro in Espana…Salamanca, 2003, and I was mortified. The morros were lying atop each other in a perfect pile. I’m very, very glad to be vegetarian. Bruno looks like good fun, though.

  • Yeah, that’s something I still can’t get into eating, even after 19 years. But Bruno looks like a fun guy…and I’ll bet he gives you great cuts of meat.