This may seem like an odd topic, after all, who eats heart?
Well, we do AND it is delicious!
After we butchered our first steer, I made heart kebobs and grilled them. Even our 4 year old thought they were great. She loved having her meat on a stick and pulling it off herself!
Organ meats from grassfed animals are one of the most nutrient-dense foods available! They are packed with vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other nutrients. Unfortunately, our culture is squimish about eating organ meats when in reality, they are a nutritional powerhouse!
Well, that is all well and good but still, where do you start in getting a heart ready to eat? I explain the steps in the following recipe. The process is the same no matter the recipe and heart can be a healthy addition to many different recipes including Beef Plus Chili and spaghetti.
I first saw a recipe for heart kebobs in Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon which was my inspiration for the following recipe. If you don’t have the cookbook, I highly recommend it!
- 1 lb beef heart (where to buy organic grassfed beef)
- 1 c. olive oil (where to buy)
- 1 c. raw apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 c. red wine (optional)
- 2 tsp sea salt (where to buy REAL salt)
- 1/4 tsp cumin*
- 1 tsp pepper*
- 1 tsp paprika*
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
* If you are looking for organic non-irradiated herbs & spices Click Here.
In the photo below, you can see the heart from the steer we butchered.
As you look at the heart, you will see a layer of fat along the outside which is white and very thick in spots. I have found that the harder areas of this layer do not melt so I trim off the thickest spots.
Cut the heart into 1 inch cubes. I found this is easier to do with kitchen scissors.
As you cut, remove any hard areas or vessels from the heart.
Place the cubes in a bowl.
Combine the rest of the ingredients and pour over the cubes.
Marinade for 24 hours in the refrigerator.
Place the cubes on skewers and grill for about 8 minutes. Turn the skewers until all sides are cooked.
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