That’s right, this over 200lb, brought up on frozen and canned foods, spent hours in front of the television, used to hate to touch a chicken breast girl just sliced and diced a cow’s heart and put it in a stew! And you know what? It was A-MA-ZING! Seriously, the heart just tasted like the best stewing beef I’ve ever had. In fact it was just so tender and delicious it almost tasted like slicing up a new york strip or a filet mignon and putting it into a stew. Which of course is crazy because they are such expensive meats. But with heart it’s cheaper than even using any sort of chuck roast. I’m not kidding, give it a try. And use this recipe. It really works.
Beef heart stew – Recipe
- 2-3 pounds beef heart cut into cubes (What this video for how to slice and dice)
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- oil of choice for frying
- 2 medium onions, chopped
- 2 celery stalks, chopped
- 1 cup red wine
- 3-4 cups beef broth (Use just enough to make sure all the veg are covered, for me that 4 cups but it may be different for smaller deeper pans/slow cookers)
- 1 1/2 tsp freeze dried coffee granules
- 1 tsp dijon mustard
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp Frank’s hot sauce
- 4 carrots, chopped
- 1 medium turnip, chopped
- some chopped cilantro
- 2-3 bay leaves
- Preheat oven to 200 (6 hours) 300 (4 hours)
- Add the salt, pepper, and cumin to the meat in a bowl or bag and toss until pretty evenly coated. Let it sit there while you prepare the rest.
- In a dutch oven brown the beef, remove from pan
- Sautee celery and onions, remove from pan
- While the celery and onions are cooking in a small bowl mix together coffee, mustard, pepper and hot sauce.
- Toss the mixture in with the bowl of the now browned beef, coating each piece.
- Deglaze the pan with some of the wine.
- Now just plop everything back in placing the the bay leaves on top (don’t forget to take them out!)*
*If you wanted to use a slower cooker use a regular pan and after deglazing it pour the wine into the slow cooker pot along with everything else. Set it to low for 6 hours or high for 4 hours.