If you’re looking for something quick, packed with flavor and decidedly different from what you’re used to, I may have found the perfect recipe for you. While I’ve done beef salads before, I’ve never had anything quite as interesting or subtle as this posted here and I think it deserves a try, even if the main ingredient has you doing a double take.
This dish combines a subtlety of flavors and textures that could only be enhanced by additions, rather than having them overwhelm or overpower what’s already going on. Toss in a little diced Serrano peppers, some sesame seeds or a few crispy fried won ton strings and you’ve just added to the enjoyment. This is a salad at its most basic. Perfect, sublime and just hearty enough to keep this dedicated omnivore quite happy from brunch to dinner with no complaints whatsoever.
As I’ve mentioned before. Beef heart is not an overpowering ingredient. While the flavor is strong, it brings out a much deeper beefy note than most cuts of “regular” beef, almost a condensed beef flavor. This makes it perfect for marinading, because the marinade does not end up being the star of the show, the heart still takes that place easily, even after 24 to 48 hours enrobed in other very rich flavors.
Give it a try. you’ll be glad you did!
For the beef heart:
For the salad:
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 205Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 160mgSodium: 1609mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 24g
What I would have done differently had I thought of it at the time:
There are a thousand little additions that would move this salad to a new level. I’ll leave these additions to you. I’m kind of fond of the simplicity in this dish. It’s completely satisfying as it is, whether served as a main course or as a starter.
Links to other recipes like this:
- Grilled Beef Heart over Arugula Salad with Salsa Rustica, from CUESA
- Braised Bison with Spinach, Mushroom and Tomato Salad, from CbsoP
- Recipe for Beef Heart, from Chris Cosantino’s blog Offal Good