Deer or Elk Heart, boiled

deb baldwin Recipe

By deb baldwin messinthekitchen

3 - deer
4 Hr
Stove Top

Not for the faint of heart...
This is my husband's favorite meat for a sandwich.
A little work, but worth it..

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fresh deer or elk heart or beef heart
1/2 c
salt, 2 times
1 Tbsp
onion flakes, dehydrated
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp
garlic powder
or 1 clove of garlic, smashed

Directions Step-By-Step

Wash and clean a whole heart. Cut off the fat on the top and any grisel on top that you can feel. Place in a large bowl or non metal container. Fill with cold water that will cover the heart. Pour salt over and set in refrigerator for 2 days, changing the water and salt every day. I have set a plate on top to keep it submerged..I have tried a zip lock bag but be very careful.
After heart has soaked. Pour off the salted water. Rinse heart. Place in pot, large enough to cover with water & has a lid. Add water.
Add salt & pepper to your taste, onion flakes (or diced onion), and garlic powder..(or a clove of garlic)
Bring to a boil. Turn down down to simmer and put on lid. Simmer for 3 to 4 hours. The longer it simmers, the more tender it will be. Add water as needed to keep heart covered. Poke heart with fork to feel how tender it is.
Remove heart and let cool enough to handle. Take a knife and peel off the outer layer(looks kind of like a thin skin). You can also trim the inside cavity a much as possible. Your pet will love the scraps.
Cut heart into thin slices and trim interior holes as needed. Place in ziploc to keep it from drying out.
You can also use an elk, moose or beef heart. Of course, they take longer to cook.
To make sandwich, use your choice of bread & your own sides and layer 3 or more slices on top. Salt and pepper to taste.

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Wild Game
Regional Style: American
Hashtags: #venison, #heart, #sandwich

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Mar 7, 2011 - deb baldwin shared this recipe with discussion groups: TRIED & TRUE RECIPES Wild Game Cooking Wild Thang
Debra Burris dyankee1995
May 28, 2011
Have you ever had pickled deer heart? That was what my grandfather and father used to make out of the heart...
deb baldwin messinthekitchen
May 28, 2011
I have heard of it but I never tried it..You should try and get the recipe and post it. If my grandmother was alive, she might have had that recipe.
Debra Burris dyankee1995
May 28, 2011
I think they mixed equal amounts of vinegar and water. After boiling the heart and slicing it thick, they layered it with onion and cucumbers and poured the vinegar mixture over it. Marinate it for at least 24 hours. It was a pretty simple recipe and I don't remember them adding any specific seasonings to it. I liked it, but my kids stick their nose up at it! LOL
deb baldwin messinthekitchen
May 28, 2011
I think my kids would do the same thing, but I might at least take a taste..My husband may not, because he is not into anything with vinegar or pickled..he will eat cucumbers with vinegar/water/onion ..(like his mom makes).
Hearts do not last long around here though..He likes it for sandwiches - morning, noon and night...LOL
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Mar 25, 2014 - deb baldwin shared this recipe with discussion groups: Wild Game Wild Game / Birds / Fish