Day Five…Heart

HEART

First of all, if you’re still reading my blog after a week of me suggesting that yo dig into kidneys and stomachs and peel tongues like bananas, you should get a Gold Star.  Luckily, heart isn’t so much offal as it’s like a really rich cut of meat.  You might feel like you’re making a flesh sacrifice, but Aztec fantasies aside this is a really awesome bit of cuisine to work with.  Something that tastes as good as a ribeye at a sixth of the price is always fine by me.

Why Should I Eat It??

Whether you want a really fatty or really lean cut, beef heart is it.  There’s generally a good amount of fat on the outside that is easily removed if you want to–though I think you’re crazy if you do.

Because hearts are such dense muscles, their nutrient content is even higher than that of other skeletal muscles–beef heart, for example, has “all essential amino acids, zinc, selenium and phosphorus. It has more than double the elastin and collagen than other cuts of meat and a highly concentrated source of coenzyme Q10, also known as CoQ10″ (via Livestrong.com).  Yay!

Oh, and I’d be amiss if I didn’t remind you that this sh*t is CHEAP.

Flavor and Texture…What to Expect?

Hearts of all varieties are very similar to other muscular cuts of meat.  Beef heart (the most commonly available) tastes like…well, beef…just a little more pronounced.  For me at least, the shape is the only thing that makes it terribly distinguishable from any other chunk of beef.  When cooked, the texture resembles most cuts of beef as well and it can be cooked just like a good steak or roast–you can braise, grill, roast, or pan sear them and they’ll come out great.

Special Instructions…

Again, treat hearts like any other cut of meat.  Get fancy with them if you want, but I generally cut them into chunks or strips and discard any tubes or blood vessels you come across.  I’ve also just halved one and thrown it on the grill and ended up with what looked like two good steaks.  There’s often a good deal of fat on beef hearts that can be rendered and stored as well.

Today’s Recipe: Curried Beef Heart

For this recipe, I whipped up a nice curry marinade and sauce that adds a little kick but again, won’t overwhelm the natural flavor of the heart.

INGREDIENTS

2 lbs Beef Heart (or one large heart)

1 c Coconut Milk

1 t Salt

1 t Black Pepper

2 t Curry Powder

1/2 t Garam Masala

Coconut Oil for frying

INSTRUCTIONS

Whisk together the coconut milk and spices.  Slice the beef heart into thick strips and add to the coconut milk mixture.  Allow to marinate for at least 30 minutes.

Heat the coconut oil over medium-high heat.  Add the strips of beef heart and cook for a minute or two on each side.  Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the coconut milk mixture.  Simmer for another 10 minutes.

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9 Comments on Day Five…Heart

  1. cholitau
    July 9, 2012 at 7:28 am (2 years ago)

    HI… i LOVe cow heart! As a good littl Peruvian i had it growing up. We make a dish called Anticuchos. It’s marinated and grilled cow heart chunks. I got you come pics to look it…. i can find you a recipe too!
    http://bit.ly/PAdmzo

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    • cholitau
      July 9, 2012 at 7:37 am (2 years ago)

      Found you a COOL video!!! The Aji pepper he mentions is Aji Amarillo (http://bit.ly/2TuvLJ) which i don’t know if you can find where you live… maybe some of my Peruvian peeps live there and have a Bodega somewhere.
      Here’s how to make deliciousness. Anticuchos is street food, served with boiled, then grilled potato and corn. I think a side of veggies would work fine too :)
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t42-1_rdiU0

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  2. tgipaleo
    July 9, 2012 at 7:56 am (2 years ago)

    Thank you!! I love heart, too, and I need to try this!

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  3. Cheryl
    December 12, 2012 at 6:51 am (2 years ago)

    Thanks for the post! It’s hard to find recipes for heart or other offal! :)

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    • tgipaleo
      December 12, 2012 at 6:56 am (2 years ago)

      Awesome! Glad you like it!

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  4. Caroline
    May 26, 2013 at 7:09 pm (1 year ago)

    Made this tonight and served with curried roasted cauliflower and sauteed grrens. Delicious!! Even my 2-yr old was saying “yummy!!” Thanks for the easy and great recipe.

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  5. jon p
    July 19, 2014 at 10:50 pm (2 months ago)

    G’day, am boiling well simmering two tounges as I write this, looked u up because I have only ever boiled it and I knew it could be roasted, just wasn’t sure how (two 4lb tounges in australia cost me $7 aus. Used to roast heart when u could still get them whole, then it was just make a good stuffing and fill every bit u can with it then roast like any other piece of beef, but since the food safety police decided they have to be cut open for inspection for something I haven’t bothered, they are sold as dogfood here, what a waste!

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