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Cookin’ in Camo: Bison Heart Anticucho

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Most hunters and cooks don't think much of using the heart to create a delicious dish—but they've probably never read this recipe.

Most hunters and cooks don't think much of using the heart to create a delicious dish—but they've probably never read this recipe.

Heart is one of my favorite cuts on an animal. It’s highly underestimated and overlooked. Its rich, deep, meaty flavor stands up to any steak. Along with that, have I mentioned my obsession with peanut butter? It would make my boot edible. In this preparation I combine peanut butter with spicy red curry and sweet hoisin to create the perfect “heart topper.” From the first bite, this dish will be everything your heart desires!

Note: Tradionally anticuchos are skewered pieces of grilled meat. However, I love the sear that a cast iron gives the meat.

Ingredients

Bison heart

  • 2 pounds very fresh bison heart
  • 1 cup fresh minced cilantro
  • 1/4-cup red onion
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • Fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1/4-cup roasted ground peanuts
  • 3 tablespoons peanut oil
  • Kosher salt

Sauce

  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 2 teaspoons Thai red curry paste
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2-cup chicken broth
  • 1/2-teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1/4-cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 fresh red Thai chili, seeded and thinly sliced

Directions

Bison heart

To start out, I think it’s only fitting to pour a drink and turn on Ted Nugent’s “Great White Buffalo.” Refrain from firing flaming arrows.

Trim away any connective tissue, aortic, and ventricle tissue. Slice into triangles 1/4-inch thick with 2-inch long sides. Marinate the sliced heart for a minimum of two hours (overnight is best) in the minced cilantro, red onion, peanut oil, garlic, and ground pepper. Heat a cast iron skillet over high heat until screaming hot. Season the heart liberally with kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper. Add 2 tablespoons of peanut oil and sear the heart slices two minutes a side or until medium-rare. Let rest for 5 minutes and serve with the sauce below.

Sauce

Heat the oil in a small pan and add the garlic, curry paste, and tomato paste. Fry until the garlic turns light brown. Add the broth, peanut butter, hoisin, rice wine vinegar, and sugar. Simmer for roughly 3 minutes. Cool and add the peanuts and chiles. Hunt, cook, eat, share, enjoy, and, as always, keep Cookin’ in Camo!

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Meat courtesy of North Market Poultry and Game in Columbus, Ohio.

Editor’s note: This recipe is the seventh in a series of several provided by Tyler Viars, a dedicated “forest to fork” hunter and professional chef. Click here to read last week’s recipe, coniglio alla cacciatora (hunter-style rabbit).

Image by Tina Marie Photography

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  • ChefBungholio

    Looks good but doesn’t compare to my antelope testicle soup with essence of horse’s ass!