Beef Heart Meatloaf Muffins

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We like to use as much of the animal that we can when we cook. Respect the whole animal like they used to back in the day. So, I have been experimenting with organ meats. They definitely have a different flavor profile, but their nutritional content keeps me experimenting. Organ meats are some of the most nutritionally dense foods on the planet. Plus, they cost a fraction of the price of regular meats.

Because it is a muscle meat, heart is very similar to steak, roasts and ground beef, but is typically less expensive (we blame the “ick” factor for that!) and actually has a higher protein content. In addition, heart is an excellent source of a number of nutrients, including thiamin, folate, selenium, phosphorus, zinc, CoQ10 and several of the B vitamins. In addition, beef heart contains amino acids that are thought to improve metabolism and compounds that promote the production of collagen and elastin (source)

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Here is a tasty way that I came up with to sneak heart meat into our diet. 

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp bacon grease
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 8 cloves fresh garlic
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1/2 cup diced carrot
  • 2 lbs ground beef (grass-fed)
  • 1 beef heart (about 1 lb. ground, also grass-fed)
  • 2 pastured eggs
  • 3/4 cup coconut flour (where to get)
  • 1 Tbsp sea salt (where to get)
  • 2 tsp dried rosemary (where to get)
  • 1/2 tsp paprika (where to get)
  • 1/2 tsp oregano (where to get)
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper (where to get)

Tomato Sauce:

Directions

  • Melt bacon grease in large skillet over medium high heat
  • Sauté carrots and celery in skillet until they are soft

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  • Trim fat and vessels off of the heart and cut into chunks
  • Process beef heart in a food processor, one chunk at a time until it is the consistency of ground beef

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  • Add in onion and garlic and process until they are incorporated with the heart meat

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  • In separate bowl, combine meats, eggs, flour, and spices

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  • Mix together with your hands, add in vegetables and mix well.

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  • Grease muffin tins with coconut oil and fill muffin tins 3/4 full with mixture
  • Mix up tomato sauce

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  • Top each meatloaf muffin with 1 Tbsp sauce

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  • Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees
  • Makes approximately 30 muffins
  • They also freeze well!

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  1. […] Heart. Yes, you read that right. Offal (organ meats) are unfortunately typically discarded and have fallen out of favor, but traditional cultures knew that liver, brain, heart, and kidney are among the most nutrient dense parts of the animal. They are rich in fat soluble vitamins and healthy fats. Wisdom says that ingesting organ meats will have a positive effect on the corresponding organ (e.g. eating beef heart is good for your heart). Beef heart is a rich source of the much-needed enzyme CoQ10, B vitamins, and iron, and it’s flavorful and inexpensive. You can probably find it at Whole Foods, a local butcher, from a farm, or from US Wellness Meats. You can marinate and grill it, or saute it. Or try this easy recipe for beef heart muffins. […]

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