Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Recipes - Beef Heart

My mother would make beef heart with a bread stuffing. This is an interesting take on that.
A friend had bought part of a cow and offered me the heart as they butcher just throws it in for free.
It was in two pieces so I cooked the first piece cut up with onions and peppers over rice. The second piece I will cook as follows.

I found  The Austerity Kitchen.com blog which is a fascinating study in food over the years.

Beef heart with mushroom stuffing

Mushroom Stuffing: 10 slices bacon, diced

1 medium onion, finely chopped

2 (4-ounce) cans sliced mushrooms, drained

Beef Heart:

1 beef heart (about 3 pounds, split lengthwise)

1 garlic clove, minced

1/2 cup oil and vinegar style salad dressing

1 cup beef broth (or 1 cup water mixed with 1/2 teaspoon beef base)

1. To prepare stuffing, fry bacon, onion and mushrooms in large skillet until onion is softened. Drain grease and set mixture aside to cool.

2. Wash heart. Trim fat and remove arteries and soak in cold salted water for half hour. Drain and pat dry with paper towels. Fill heart cavity with mushroom stuffing. Skewer or sew with string to fasten. Place in crock-pot. Add garlic, salad dressing and beef broth. Cover and cook on HIGH for 1 hour, then on LOW for 7 to 9 hours. Thicken gravy before serving if desired.

Makes 4 servings.

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