How to best prepare deer heart & liver....
- linguafood Dec 8, 2010 02:18 PM
deer liver paté? slice the heart and stir-fry? never had the luck of preparing venison offal, so any pointers would be mucho appreciado!
I would get them firmed up in the freezer just so you can slice them ,saute with onion cracked pepper in butter and olive oil a little parsley ,a little salt .I'd have rye toast Keeping it simple Oh yea mushroom preferably something exotic like hen o the woods or shitaki etc, enjoy
IMO the best way to prep a deer heart is to soak the heart in brine, and then braise it for a few hours. It cooks up just like a beef heart.
I use a recipe very similar to this one, except that I replace the bread crumbs with cornbread and venison sausage stuffing.
You could also grind it all together with cornmeal, flour, beef bullion, butter, salt, and onions, and make scrapple. Or you can saute the liver with onions...
Cook the liver like you would any liver. Med-rare. For the heart, I would braise in a flavorful liquid or you could confit it in duck or pork fat. Slow and low until tender as all hell.
Ha! I knew that you, Passa, would chime in on this.
I really 'only' have (or rather, will get from a friend) the frozen heart and liver. I like the idea of slicing the heart and sautéeing. But if the consensus is to braise, I'd do that, too. Do you braise it whole? My man gets a bit icky around organ meats, so sliced might be the preferred form....
and braise in what? red wine?
Braise it in beef stock or red wine... My cousin braised a heart in a slurry of noodle ramen packets.
Make a Venison Burgundy with it. Actually I'll try that myself. IMO, the "problem" most people have with cooking the heart is that it's extremely lean meat, so it'll dry out quickly if baked.
The other issue's that unlike most cuts of steaks or chops, the grain of the heart's meat is multidirectional. Thus it's impossible to cut across the grain of the meat, like with a flank steak; so no matter how you slice it, you'll always run across some very tough strips of heart meat. This means your sauteed heart will probably be rather, ahem, chewy...
That's why I always suggest braising the meat for four hours or so. It's one of the few ways you'll come out with a reasonably tender meal.
Heart... Coarsely grind, pate, cold spread.
Liver... Skin, soak in milk overnight, slice thick, flour, fry hot and short.
Watch out for raw venison liver, else their flukes become yours.
Raised on deer heart in Wisconsin. Mom would make a roast in the crockpot, I prefer it thinly sliced and saute in a little bacon and lots of onions. The key is to slow cook with some kind of fat/oil or it becomes very tough.
Venison Liver - I follow a recipe similar to a liver stroganoff. Venison liver can taste very gamey and dry so you need to season well.
I don't like using any kind of wine on venison organs. IMO, if they are gamey tasting, the wine doesn't work to cut that flavor. Adding a seasoned oil or pork fat seems to work the best.
My MIL used to pound the living hell out of sliced venison heart, dip it in crackermeal, and chicken-fry it, and she'd whomp up a big batch of onion gravy to go with it and the biscuits and mashed and scalloped tomatoes and usually slaw. ; )
My husband (who learned from his grandfather) would pickle the heart. He would boil it (I think) and then put it in a jar with pickling liquid. I have no idea about the liquid ratios or spices but it was rather tasty. Oh, he would slice it very thin after cooking.