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Deer Heart & Liver? Recipes?


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#1 Stone

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 09:26 AM

I've got a heart and liver.  I don't know what to do with them.  Any ideas?  Something that can be done at once for dinner.  I.e., not sausage or a terrine.

 

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#2 Ttogull

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 10:23 AM

My understanding is there are only two ways to do heart: very quick or slow. I've seen deer heart stuffed and then baked, and it looked really good. My preference, though, is grilling it. The following recipe is making my mouth water.

http://honest-food.n...r-heart-recipe/

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 01:28 PM

I had good success with pork liver some years back, and I suspect deer liver would work as well. If you search for the topic "Everything but the oink?" in this forum and look at posts 5, 13 and 15, you'll see some good ideas. They all involve slicing and a quick saute, with various seasonings or sauces added. Sorry I can't post a link, but either this tablet or the software is preventing me from finding a way to do it.

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#4 Okanagancook

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 02:41 PM

I just put half a beef heart in the sv rig at 185 f for 8 hours per MC ( ox heart). We' ll see.

#5 JBailey

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 03:07 PM

I might imagine as you do with a veal or beef heart. The last veal heart I braised gently most of the day and it was stuffed with bread stuffing. I sous vide lots of things, but have not tried heart. However, I probably would prefer a longer time frame than discussed above.
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Posted 05 March 2013 - 06:25 PM

We had very freshly-killed Sika deer liver a couple of years ago.  I think we very simply seared it in butter with a sprinkle of salt and pepper, maybe with a little fresh sage added.  I do remember it was great; very different texture to lamb or calf liver.  DON'T overcook it!


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#7 Okanagancook

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 09:41 AM

Well, the heart, after 8 hours in the sv rig at 180F, turned out tender. Here are some pictures. I think I'll slice it nice an thin for sandwhiches.
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#8 Okanagancook

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 09:42 AM

correction, 185 F.

#9 budrichard

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 04:09 PM

"I had good success with pork liver some years back, and I suspect deer liver would work as well. "

The only similarity between deer and pork liver is the word 'liver'.
Venison liver is totally devoid of fat. Cut into1/4" slices, saute in hot butter quickly so it's just cooked and serve and eat immediately.
Prolonged cooking will result in rubber and eating cold will enhance the gamey taste.
I have friend in Northern Wisconsin that shoots as many deer as legally possible (It's how they eat).
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He boils the hearts, chills and serves thinly sliced with salt. Works quite well.-Dick

#10 sparrowgrass

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 08:45 AM

The Ozark method for deer heart is to either cut it up in little pieces and add it to the stock for veggie soup, or to slice it thin, bread and fry quickly.  Deer liver--always pan fried quickly in bacon grease, served with lots of sliced onions cooked to sweet tenderness in that same bacon grease.


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