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Heart. Itís whats for dinner. #7424508 02/04/19 07:50 PM
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I like to pull the heart out of the deer I shoot. Slice them into strips, coat them with evoo, garlic salt and pepper, and pan fry. Anyone else eat the heart?

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I like to cook heart for my buddies and not tell them what they are eating until after they are finished. Nobody has spit it out yet....I've learned the hotter the skillet the better

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Iíve also breaded and chicken fried it but trying to be healthier.

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My wife just sent me a picture of the chicken hearts (my favorite) that she picked up at HEB today.....they will be long gone before I get home.... bang


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Ate it when I was growing up.


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Love deer and beef heart....smothered in brown gravy with onions and mushrooms

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We eat all our hearts when their not damaged.
We slice them into strips as well but we place them in a butter dish with a lid soaking in half & half Worcester and Teriaki sauce with Onions, bell peppers and seasonings. Cook on high heat in my Wok and serve on flat biscuits with salsa & guacamole...
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Heart makes good fajita strips too. A deer heart just very big so it doesn't make much. I was surprised how big a pronghorn heart is. Was able to get a few servings from one.


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My dad used to say heart and tongue were the best eating and theyíd always eat in camp but I dunno, Iíve had it, was not bad at all, but he also Loved beef liver so there ya go. Guess I need to some experimentation. . .I always keep it anyways wth

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Originally Posted by Alan S.
My dad used to say heart and tongue were the best eating and they’d always eat in camp but I dunno, I’ve had it, was not bad at all, but he also Loved beef liver so there ya go. Guess I need to some experimentation. . .I always keep it anyways wth


It was always called calf liver when served at restaurants. I think they might have lied.


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Have eaten it several times and liked it. It isn't a piece we often keep, but I have on occasion. Had it chicken fried and just pan fried. Important to get as much of the connective type tissue out so it isn't too chewy.


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my mother used to require us to bring both the heart & liver home and she would German fry it. both were great to me since we didn't get it very often, so was kinda special. She would merely put a little oil (or bacon grease) to cover the bottom in a cast iron skillet over low heat, cut heart/liver into thin strips and roll in seasoned flour (just salt & black pepper). Lay floured strips in skillet and put a lid on (steaming effect) for 6-8 minutes to brown one side, remove lid, flip meat, replace the lid for another 6-8 minutes. That was also the method I grew up eating most of our venison too. It came out with a very light browned soft flour crust, much lighter than using egg wash & flour most people associate with chicken fried ... she would then use the grease & drippings to make gravy.


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Heart was a regular part of our menu. Beef and or deer. My mother would make sauerbratten. Cut heart in pieces 1inch sq. dredge in flour and brown in butter. Put in pressure cooker with 1 cup vinegar, 2 onions cut up, 4 to 6 bay leaves, 1 1/2 tablespoon of sugar, 1 1/2 cup water, 1 tablespoon, beef granules, 1 table spoon olive oil. cook for 40 minutes under pressure. add corn starch to thicken. Great over rice or spaetzle

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Originally Posted by Flashprism
Heart was a regular part of our menu. Beef and or deer. My mother would make sauerbratten. Cut heart in pieces 1inch sq. dredge in flour and brown in butter. Put in pressure cooker with 1 cup vinegar, 2 onions cut up, 4 to 6 bay leaves, 1 1/2 tablespoon of sugar, 1 1/2 cup water, 1 tablespoon, beef granules, 1 table spoon olive oil. cook for 40 minutes under pressure. add corn starch to thicken. Great over rice or spaetzle

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Haven't made it in a long time but used to cut it into strips and make foil wraps with whatever seasoning, peppers, onions, etc I had on hand. Would just put it under the coals in the fire and serve it hot. Was really good and everyone that ate it loved it...but didn't tell them what it was until they were done. Might have to do it again next year grin


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Pop wasn't much of a cook but when we were deer hunting he'd cook heart and bacon together then make gravy and served it over biscuits in the morning. In the evening he would cook liver and onions and we'd eat it with toast made from Mom's sourdough mix. She's make us a couple of loafs to take with us. Wow that brought back some memories and a couple of tears, miss my my old Pop! Every now and then when I'm on the ranch I'll run into certain smells (especially when wet) that remind me of the times I was hunting with Pop down on the Pecos. I was about 8 or 9 years old and just trying to keep up with my long legged Pop, I was carrying an 03 Springfield with Lyman Peep sights. One particular day we had run rims all morning and Pop decided to stop and we ate our sandwiches, this little guy was worn out. I laid down with my head on Pop's leg and must have slept for and hour, he never moved a muscle until I woke up. It's funny how certain things can trigger old memories.

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Originally Posted by HWY_MAN
Pop wasn't much of a cook but when we were deer hunting he'd cook heart and bacon together then make gravy and served it over biscuits in the morning. In the evening he would cook liver and onions and we'd eat it with toast made from Mom's sourdough mix. She's make us a couple of loafs to take with us. Wow that brought back some memories and a couple of tears, miss my my old Pop! Every now and then when I'm on the ranch I'll run into certain smells (especially when wet) that remind me of the times I was hunting with Pop down on the Pecos. I was about 8 or 9 years old and just trying to keep up with my long legged Pop, I was carrying an 03 Springfield with Lyman Peep sights. One particular day we had run rims all morning and Pop decided to stop and we ate our sandwiches, this little guy was worn out. I laid down with my head on Pop's leg and must have slept for and hour, he never moved a muscle until I woke up. It's funny how certain things can trigger old memories.



That's a great story Sir.

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Pop wasn't much of a cook but when we were deer hunting he'd cook heart and bacon together then make gravy and served it over biscuits in the morning. In the evening he would cook liver and onions and we'd eat it with toast made from Mom's sourdough mix. She's make us a couple of loafs to take with us. Wow that brought back some memories and a couple of tears, miss my my old Pop! Every now and then when I'm on the ranch I'll run into certain smells (especially when wet) that remind me of the times I was hunting with Pop down on the Pecos. I was about 8 or 9 years old and just trying to keep up with my long legged Pop, I was carrying an 03 Springfield with Lyman Peep sights. One particular day we had run rims all morning and Pop decided to stop and we ate our sandwiches, this little guy was worn out. I laid down with my head on Pop's leg and must have slept for and hour, he never moved a muscle until I woke up. It's funny how certain things can trigger old memories.



That's a great story Sir.


Indeed. Thanks for sharing.

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Pop wasn't much of a cook but when we were deer hunting he'd cook heart and bacon together then make gravy and served it over biscuits in the morning. In the evening he would cook liver and onions and we'd eat it with toast made from Mom's sourdough mix. She's make us a couple of loafs to take with us. Wow that brought back some memories and a couple of tears, miss my my old Pop! Every now and then when I'm on the ranch I'll run into certain smells (especially when wet) that remind me of the times I was hunting with Pop down on the Pecos. I was about 8 or 9 years old and just trying to keep up with my long legged Pop, I was carrying an 03 Springfield with Lyman Peep sights. One particular day we had run rims all morning and Pop decided to stop and we ate our sandwiches, this little guy was worn out. I laid down with my head on Pop's leg and must have slept for and hour, he never moved a muscle until I woke up. It's funny how certain things can trigger old memories.



That's a great story Sir.

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So I see every saying to fry it. Is there another way to cook it?

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Originally Posted by HWY_MAN
Pop wasn't much of a cook but when we were deer hunting he'd cook heart and bacon together then make gravy and served it over biscuits in the morning. In the evening he would cook liver and onions and we'd eat it with toast made from Mom's sourdough mix. She's make us a couple of loafs to take with us. Wow that brought back some memories and a couple of tears, miss my my old Pop! Every now and then when I'm on the ranch I'll run into certain smells (especially when wet) that remind me of the times I was hunting with Pop down on the Pecos. I was about 8 or 9 years old and just trying to keep up with my long legged Pop, I was carrying an 03 Springfield with Lyman Peep sights. One particular day we had run rims all morning and Pop decided to stop and we ate our sandwiches, this little guy was worn out. I laid down with my head on Pop's leg and must have slept for and hour, he never moved a muscle until I woke up. It's funny how certain things can trigger old memories.


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I've hunted deer for years but only recently started eating the heart. I trim it up real good and the fry it in real butter with onions and garlic. I serve it with warm corn tortillas. I regret all those years of leaving the heart in the gut pile. Liver? Nope, Never! The last time I ate liver I was 8 years old and was made to do it. In our house you ate what mom cooked or you didn't eat and if you chose not to eat you ate it anyway.


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