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Apr 16, 2010 04:24 PM

Beef heart recipes?

I got a most awesome-looking three-pound-plus beef heart from my co-op this week. My plan was either to crock-pot it like I would a pot roast or braise it, since I'm trying to sneak it past my picky husband. Does beef heart do well with long cooking?

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  1. Yes, it's a tough muscle with an assertive beefy flavor. Braised (or slow cooked) with red wine and stock, potatoes, carrots herbs, it's the way to go.

    Here's a link for a basic braised beef heart, just to give you an idea for cleaning and cooking. I'm sure this recipe can be easily adapted to a slow cooker, something like an hour on high and 7 or so hours on low. I've had it braised with tomatoes in a wine sauce as well, sort of Italian style, as it was on the menu in an Italian restaurant. Heart Braised in Wine

    1. When I find one on sale I buy them to make for my dog; I made one a couple of days ago by putting it in a pan submerged in water, wrap & cook in the oven at 300F. degrees for 2 1/2 hours. Another time I made them in the crockpot for 8 hours on the low setting.

      1. I agree with the low/slow braise. I use it (very thinly sliced) in salads, sandwiches and some pasta dishes and sometimes grind it to incorporate into a meat loaf with ground beef/pork.

        1. The Peruvian have a great skewed marinated beef heart recipe. Super Delicious. Here is a link to a recipe from the Washington Post

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          1. re: chefj

            I made this last summer... it's quite good, most of my friends liked it and I will do again.

            I don't thing the aji Amarillo is completely necessary (I did have it) to me it was very similar to enchilada sauce. I would use that (belive it or not) if the aji Amarillo wasn't so easy to get here in SF.

          2. As a chubby teen I joined The Diet Center (way before the WW craze!) and one of the recipes I enjoyed was beef heart burgers.
            My mom ground up the heart and made patties, cooked med-rare.
            My skinny older sister used to love em too!
            Thanks for this thread, I'll have to start looking for beef heart again.