beef heart

” Rinderherz Spiesschen ” (Beef Heart Schaschlik)

Cooking with Heart,  part two.

” beef heart skewers with spicy bean salad and chimichurri.

I had expected a whole lot of negative comments on cooking with offal.
To my surprise, most comments were positive and encouraging.
Many readers welcomed the opportunity to see food which is hard to find
in other publications these days.
(Never mind the fact that one food critic called a group of seattle chefs :
” Innovative and daring for using the whole animal in their kitchen’s “) . Daaahhhh.
Real chef’s have never stopped doing that, just as real, experienced food lovers have
never stopped searching for it and enjoying it whenever available.

So here it is, Beef Heart Shashlik .
It may be an acquired taste, but once you do have acquired it, …….  🙂


Ingredients :

Beef heart,          diced, soaked in milk for at least 8 hours
Salt,                      to taste
Cayenne,             to taste
Garlic powder,   to taste
lemon juice,        to taste
Corn starch,       to dredge
Onions,               wedges
Olive oil,             for sauteeing

Method :

Season meat and onions liberally with pepper and garic powder,
dredge skewers in corn starch, shake of excess corn starch and saute
(grill if you prefer) until crisp on the outside, still light pink in the center.
When almost done, add onions to the pan and saute until meat has
desired temperature and onions start to caramelize. Sprinkle heart with
kosher or sea salt, drizzle with lemon juice, remove to absorbent paper.
Season onions with salt, pepper and garlic powder, remove to absorbent paper.
Serve with any salad and condiment / sauce,  such as chimichurri,
horse raddish, spicy salsa, mustard, etc.

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” I was In Need Of A Heart And A Kidney “

my Argentinian butcher was able to help me out   🙂
Every so often when I talk to some of my friend’s, special dishes pop up during
the conversation. Usually, we talk about stuff that is not alway’s available or
has fallen out of fashion with the ” in crowd “.
Such was the topic of our saturday conversation, Liver and Kidney.
As a child, “Saure Nierchen” (Sour Kidney’s) and “Geschmortes Rinderherz”
(Braised Beef Heart), were right up there with a few other “sunday’s at the
restaurant favorites” and since the supply  from the butcher was plentiful,
this week I plan to cook these four dishes:

Nieren  Spieschen                        (Shish Kebab)
Saure Nierchen                             (Sour Kidney’s)
Rinderherz Spieschen              (Beef Heart Schaschlik
Geschmortes Rinderherz        (Braised Beef Heart)

Sunday I trimmed and cut the heart and kidneys. Today I will soak the meat
for theShashlik / Kebab in milk for 8 hours, then rinse and dry them and further
marinate them with soy saucegarlic powder, onion powder, pepper and peanut
oil until ready to cook, up to three day’s.
(Add the salt just before cooking or the offal becomes hard)
I have also marinated the meat for the Sour Kidneys and the Braised Heart in
cider vinegar for 8 hours, strained and dried the meat and then marinated it with
soy sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper and peanut oil until ready to cook,
up to three day’s.
My first dish today will be “Kidney Shish Kebab with Tomato / Cucumber Salad .
(Check it out on tomorrow’s post  🙂

Beef Kidney


Beef Heart

Heart & Kidney, trimmed and soaking in milk and vinegar


Bon Appetit !    Life is Good !