Category: Beef

Grilled Beef Heart with Roasted Chili Peppers

The romantic in us would like to think that the heart is a tender organ, but in reality, it just ain’t so. The heart is one big muscle that works constantly, and as a result it tends to be pretty tough. This doesn’t mean, however, that it’s an organ meat to be avoided. Heart is high in protein and nutrients: thiamin, folate, selenium, phosphorus, zinc, CoQ10 and several B vitamins, not to mention compounds that may promote the production of collagen. It’s also an organ that can be coaxed into tenderness through different cooking methods, ultimately becoming a richly flavored cut that meat lovers will adore.

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Crispy Liver Hash Brown Patties

When most people think of beef liver, the next thing that comes to mind is fried onions. While liver and onions is certainly an easy way to serve this particular type of offal, it’s definitely not the only way. Primal readers have all sorts of suggestions for preparing beef liver, and we were particularly drawn to Evelyn Haapala’s recipe for Crispy Liver Hash Brown Patties sent in for the Primal Blueprint Reader-Created Cookbook Contest.

Beef liver has a stronger flavor than chicken liver, but in the scheme of things is still pretty mild. The flavor and texture of beef liver is at its best when cooked until firm but still a bit pink. However, even if you overcook these patties slightly they will still be moist and flavorful. Evelyn’s addition of grated potato, celery root, carrot and onion doesn’t so much hide the flavor of liver as it enhances it. Fry these liver hash brown patties up in a pan of butter and we’re betting even the pickiest eaters in your house will want to try a bite. Perfect for breakfast or dinner, delicious dipped in a little mustard or hot sauce, or better yet, garnished with sautéed onions and mashed lingonberries, like Evelyn does.

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Tender Beef Tongue with Onions and Garlic

When Kerry Carlson submitted an offal recipe for the Primal Blueprint Reader-Created Cookbook Contest, the first words of the email were “don’t be afraid.”

In the interest of full disclosure, we have to admit we were just a tiny bit afraid. It’s not every day, after all, that we bring home beef tongue from the market. But once we reminded ourselves that tongue is simply another part of the animal, no different than eating beef ribs, shank, loin or brisket, our fear started to subside. It also helped that Kerry’s preparation method is incredibly simple. In fact, the most difficult part might be finding the beef tongue in the first place. Keep in mind that butchers will usually special order it for you and it’s found readily at most Hispanic markets (where it’s called lengua).

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Simple Spinach Salad with Grilled Steak and Raspberry Vinaigrette

The easiest type of salad dressing to make is vinaigrette: shake or whisk together oil and vinegar, add a little salt and pepper and you’ve got yourself some salad dressing. As anyone who eats salad regularly knows, however, dressing your greens in the same basic vinaigrette day after day gets a little boring. The salad recipe submitted by Reni Westmoreland reminded us that drastically changing the flavor is as simple as changing the type of vinegar you use. If you’ve been reaching for the same bottle of balsamic, or rice wine or apple cider vinegar for your dressings, then Reni’s Raspberry Vinaigrette might just be the change you need.

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Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s Pie is comfort food at it’s best. Flavorful ground meat is mixed with a simple blend of peas, carrots and green beans, and in the recipe Cherie Randall submitted for the Primal Blueprint Cookbook Contest, topped with a creamy layer of buttery cauliflower puree. Once you’ve tasted the smooth texture and rich flavor of cauliflower whipped with butter you’ll want to start eating it straight out of bowl with a spoon. But for this recipe in particular it’s worth waiting to experience the whole dish together. Alone, ground meat and frozen vegetables may not seem like anything special. But when combined with the cauliflower puree into Shepherd’s Pie, the result is the type of home cooked meal all of us wish was waiting for us at the end of a long day.

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Korean-Style Short Ribs

Korean short ribs have an irresistible combination of sweet, salty and spicy flavors. Traditionally, the sweetness comes from sugar or corn syrup, usually half a cup or more. Thanks to Christian Chun, who submitted a fruit-based marinade for Korean-style short ribs to the Primal Blueprint Cookbook Contest, you can lose the processed sugar without losing a bit of flavor.

Fruit provides all the sweetness the ribs need. Christian’s recipe combines apple, Asian pear and kiwi. For a slightly different but equally delicious marinade, try using antioxidant-rich blackberries instead.

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