What should I do with this beef heart? (cooking-wise, that is :)

Got a frozen beef heart at the Food Bank (times are kinda tough here in Gorframville (just like everwhere else..)), and I'm not sure how best to cook it. A slow roast to keep it tender? Sear & grill to seal the juices? Broil with salt, pepper, and a dash of balsamic vinegar; or stew up with half the contents of the pantry? I've never cooked (and only rarely eaten) beef heart before, so I'm kind of nervous about it. Any help or suggestions?

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Goodhart8 years ago
Organ meats are a special problem sometimes. Liver, for instance, cooked until most people think is done, will render it inedible.

My personal favorite way to have hear (beef or otherwise) is to cook it in a stew. This is probably the easiest method too,

Some people like to fry it:

1 medium beef heart, rinsed and cubed
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 large onion, peeled and sliced
1 cup water
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt

1. Dredge the beef heart in flour until coated. Heat the oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat.
2. Fry the pieces of heart until browned. Stir in onions and water. Season with salt and seasoning salt.
3. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 2 to 3 hours, or until the meat is very tender. Serve over noodles or mashed potatoes.

but in either case, it is probably best to braise if first.

Also, if frying is not your thing, as I try to avoid it too, maybe this will be the best way to go:

1-2 lb. boiled heart (thin sliced)
3/4 c. flour
Salt & pepper
2 garlic cloves, diced
1 tsp. thyme
1 tbsp. vinegar
1/2 c. water
1 lb. fresh mushrooms

Brown meat in oil. Shake meat slices in bag with flour, salt and pepper. Put meat in pan. Add garlic, thyme, vinegar and 1/2 cup water. Simmer, stirring often. Cover. Add water as needed. Cook until tender. Add mushrooms in the last 15 minutes. Serve over cooked rice, toast, potatoes or noodles.

That is, if you like mushrooms ;-) If not, there are always Kabobs !

My personal favorite way to have hear (beef or otherwise)

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Gorfram (author)  Goodhart8 years ago
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Gorfram (author)  Gorfram8 years ago
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rickharris6 years ago
Stuff it with savoury veg & rice, slow cook in stock.

If your on a tight budget, Liver, Kidney and all of the cheaper cuts of meat are good buys. Cook liver quickly and for a short time - that way it isn't tough or casserole for a long slow cook.
cory.smith7 years ago
Hearts are very lean and have little fat in them, so they should be cooked with a decent amount of butter. Best way i know how is as follows:


acidbass7 years ago
 cooking it is groos you should hook a car battery to it and make a car that runs on a cow heart lol
Gorfram (author) 8 years ago
Thanks to one and all for the many helpful answers. :) For anyone curious, I wound up searing the beef heart in plain cooking oil in a hot frying pan, then adding salt, pepper and that dash of balsamic vinegar to the evolving juices and simmering to doneness. Mixed it in with some pasta - delicious! I could wish I had another beef heart now - I'm trying to work up the courage to open a freshly defrosted package of "Separated Turkey" (no, not the ex-spousal kind :) and see (what "sepapreted turkey" actually is, and) what I might be able mix in with to upgrade it into some sort of acceptable meatloaf-like-object. (Maybe someday I should write something about my "Food Bank Follies"... Come to think of it, a "How to Get Food from the Food Bank" Instructable might not be a bad (nor an un-timely) idea.)
kevinhannan8 years ago
There are lots of recipes on the 'net - seach for "offal recipes cooking". I'll be coming round to sample your culinary delights! Good luck!
Z..8 years ago
I remember many moons ago when I was young and short of cash, that heart, and Ox liver were handy for a cheap meal (though as said, don't eat this stuff as a staple or it can become toxic).

I used to stuff the heart with any nice stuffing of choice, and then pressure cook it on a bed of carrots and onions, sprinkling a little flour/seasoning on the vegetables, and adding stock/water.

The end result was a lovely tender heart that sliced beautifully, and a nice thickened bed of vegetables. Very tasty, and cost very little.

(A casserole and long cooking would achieve the same).
orksecurity Z..8 years ago
I haven't found confirmation of the reported hazard if overconsumed, and I can't particularly think why there should be one. Could one of you provide a citation, just to convince me it isn't an old wive's tale? (Liver, I know, tends to accumulate some kinds of toxins -- but that's a function of its role as one of the body's filters. I haven't heard of anything accumulating in heart muscle that wouldn't accumulate in other "dark meat" muscles as well.)
orksecurity8 years ago
One of my favorite meats -- cheap (because most Americans think it's weird), very low fat, tasty. (If you've eaten chicken hearts, the flavor is halfway between those and steak.) I too usually cook it in a stew, generally by cutting into stew-sized chunks, tossing it and veggies and a few spices in a crockpot, and ignoring it for a day. But it actually doesn't seem to be all that tough, especially if sliced across the grain of the muscle....
It is not a recommended staple for those with several conditions, including (oddly enough) heart condition. There are campaigns out there to try to gain back the fairly large monopoly beef once had on the public, but it is also plain that a lot of fact bending is being used to purport that eating large quantities of saturated fats and organs with super concentrated amounts of vitamins and minerals in them, as being healthy. Thankfully, the number of those believing such, is not in the majority.
I love the taste of organ meats, liver, heart, kidney (liver and kidney are high fat items), etc. but as with anything, moderation is always the way to go. No single food with sustain us for long without adverse effects.