This is a post that I never imagined making a year ago but it’s amazing to see how things can change. When my husband unloaded 60 pounds of beef and pulled out that brown wrapped package labelled ‘BEEF HEART’, my stomach sank. I knew we would eat it but I had no idea how to prepare it. Facebook page to the rescue! I had a lot of ideas on how to prepare it and I felt (mostly) prepared to take on this task.
I had a plan… but I didn’t have any idea how I was going to convince my kids to eat the beef heart. Yes, they are accustomed to the weird things we eat but… this is kind of pushing the limit of weirdness. My 8 year old was quite enthusiastic about it since he had already tried turkey heart but the others….phew… I expected World War 3.
The oldest was relieved to have gym on the night we served the beef heart. Little girl absolutely refused to try even a teeny little bite at first. Baby boy doesn’t typically like meat in any form other than ground. Yep, we were in for it… or were we???
When the oldest came home, he ate 2 plates of just beef heart! Little girl tried one bite and ended up eating all of hers. Baby boy wouldn’t eat his cut up but once we gave him slices, he was sold! Mr. Middle is the adventurous eater so he ate his as well.
5 kids…all of them ate beef heart! I can safely say that this meal was an absolute success!
Slow Cooker Beef Heart
1 whole beef heart
salt & pepper
3 red peppers, sliced
2 onions, sliced
28 ounce can tomatoes
15 ounce can tomato sauce
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
1/2 tablespoon wheat free tamari or coconut aminos
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Season the beef heart with salt and pepper.
Combine peppers, onions, tomatoes, tomato sauce, apple cider vinegar, dijon mustard, tamari, Italian seasoning, and red pepper flakes in a slow cooker. Create a well in the middle of the mixture and place beef heart in the center.
Set the slow cooker on low, cover, and cook for for 6-8 hours.
Remove heart from the slow cooker and, using a hand blender, blend all remaining ingredients into a sauce. Slice the beef heart and serve with sauce.