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Thread: How in the WORLD do I cook a heart???

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    A few days ago my boyfriend brought home a whole beef heart. He is extremely excited about it. I'm willing to try it, but I can't exactly say I'm chomping at the bit to get at it. I do like beef and would eat it twice a day if I could, and I've heard that heart is like really, super-beefy beef. I just don't know how to prepare it. Any ideas?

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    My MIL just boiled it in a big pot with water covering it and lots of veggies. I don't have her recipe but I'm sure you can find one online. I liked it (and I'm picky).

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    Not in my diet. Sorry and good luck. It'll probably taste like chicken. lol.

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    I just boil it for a long time with a little salt. Depending on the size it will probably take at least 2 hours on a slow boil. I grew up on a farm and we cooked beef and pork hearts, tongue and liver. Loved them all !! Still do !!! My husband however, doesn't share my excitement when I cook a heart !!

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    My Mom made bread stuffing, put it around (wraped) the heart with it and baked it. :D

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    Sorry, I'd make him cook it and eat it himself. Yuck. Tell him to bring you Filet Minon next time:>

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    I think my bf slices it really thin, flours it, salt, pepper and garlic salts it and then frys it in a pan.

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    We boil it with about a 1/2 of Dales seasoning in the water. Add veggies you know taters,carrots onions, make it like a roast.

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    Do you have a pressure cooker? I used to put them in the pressure cooker.

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    I would change the question to 'why in the world...'

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    Quote Originally Posted by MellieKQuilter
    I think my bf slices it really thin, flours it, salt, pepper and garlic salts it and then frys it in a pan.
    this sounds better than boiling it. Think of it as a muscle, just like other meat.

    I like chicken hearts, could eat them all day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilter1
    I would change the question to 'why in the world...'
    I'm with you on this one!

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    We just bake it as you would a roast. I fill the pan with water about half way and bake at 350 degrees for 3 to 5 hrs depending on the size. I just treat it like a roast.

    I like to use 2 cans of mushroom soup and 1 jar of premade beef gravy in my roasts and a jar of water and then I add onions potatoes and carrots. You can do that with the heart also.

    You can slice it and fry it like you would liver.

    We do it because it is delicous!!

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    My MIL was a real good cook and she would boil it until it was tender, slice it and put it on top of a bread dressing and cook it until the dressing was done. Sometimes she would layer it between layers of bread dressing and put gravy over the top of all. It was yummy.

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    My mom baked it.

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    Growing up on a farm, I remember having to eat beef liver and onions sometimes. Smothered it all in ketchup to make it more palatable. Can't say it's my favorite.

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    Try foodtv.com .

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    My son is a hunter and he cooks it in a crock pot with water.

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    ROFL....want my advice...well, you asked for it. DONT DO IT...YUCK.

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    My mother-in-law used to boil it-cut it in half and boil til done-then slice it very thin for sandwiches. Never could bring myself to eat it but my DH loves it. PS my dmil used to make scrapple-head cheese and liverworst at home also. Ugh to all of that but my DH loved it.Oh yeah and she also boiled tongue,when it was done she would skin the outer layer and slice it for sandwiches again-the husband and sons couldn't get enough of it.

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    When I lived on a farm we butchered a beefer a year and used every bit of it. I used to stew the heart. Cut it into cubes and brown it with chopped onion in a little cooking oil in the stew pot. Add water and your favorite herbs and spices and bring to a boil. Let it simmer while you prepare potatoes and carrots and whatever else you want to throw in there. add your veggies and cook until done. Thicken the broth and enjoy over fresh-made biscuits. Makes a "hearty" cool weather dish!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SparkMonkey
    A few days ago my boyfriend brought home a whole beef heart. He is extremely excited about it. I'm willing to try it, but I can't exactly say I'm chomping at the bit to get at it. I do like beef and would eat it twice a day if I could, and I've heard that heart is like really, super-beefy beef. I just don't know how to prepare it. Any ideas?
    stuff with bread stuffing and bake like a chicken. In the days of the Great depression, it was called a "Hoover Turkey".

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    I knew I should have skipped this thread but I just had to check it out. Yuk, maybe even double yuk. You enjoy.

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    Slice it across the grain for tenderness cutting off the stringy things inside and trim off the fat. Season to your liking. Brown in a small amount of oil - just brown it putting the pieces aside on a plate as you go. Turn the heat down and put all the pieces back in the pan. Mix a can of cream of mushroom soup with a can of water and pour over it. Put the lid on and simmer for about an hour. Don't keep lifting the lid, let the steam do it's work but make sure to keep enough liquid in there. This will come out very tender and delicious. You can also dredge it in flour and fry it but it will be tougher or stuff it whole and bake it -covered of course- with water in the pan. I grew up on this and it's delicious.

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    We used to get heart from the butcher shop across the street from us. My mother would boil it - whole. Then she would cut it up into squares and make it like beef stew. It had a nice creamy gravy on it too. It was pretty good. It does, however; make alot of it.

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