Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Beef heart skewers - Anticuchos de Corazon

Originally uploaded by chuborupert
My wife went to the South of the James farmers market and bought me a beef heart from a grass fed animal from faith farms (how romantic!) Now to her defense she did call me and walk me through what they had and I steered her towards the heart. I had been reading about peruvian street food, one dish in particular is skewered meats or anticuchos, with the heart being popular. I planned on fileting the heart marinating it then grilling it. I went with a basic chimichurri marinade instead of a more spicy version but this cut could easily take a chili based marinade. I watched an excellent demonastration video with the kids from Chris Cosentino's web site Offalgood.com

We then got the idea to record our own version... warning, it's not nearly as interesting and gets a bit redundant towards the end as I'm not very quick.

Butchering my heart from Eugenio Monasterio on Vimeo.

After the prep I marinated the heart filets in the following overnight.
5 cloves of garlic mashed
one large handfull of fresh parsley chopped fine
1/4 cup of sherry vinegar
tablespoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of pepper
1/2 teaspoon of pimenton
1/2 teaspoon of cumin
1/4 cup olive oil

After soaking the skewers in water for a couple of hours (a step I usually forget causing them to catch fire) I threaded the meat on.
I tried to keep them a uniform size for cooking purposes.

piercing the heart

I set the rice cooker up so we could have some white rice with it and went out to grill

peruvian grilled beef heart from Eugenio Monasterio on Vimeo.

They turned out very good with very tender flavorful beef taste, I would certainly make it again even though it requires a lot of prep. The kids really liked it, which makes me wonder if they were more into it as they were involved in the prep and anticipation of eating it.

grilled beef heart

South of the James Market
Shelter No. 2 in Forest Hill Park
New Kent Ave. & 42nd St.


EM said...

That's quite a hunk of meeeeeeat! Nice job.

BaconGrease said...

thanks, it really does need a lot of cleaning but the yield is still pretty good. Fed four for lunch