Ways To Include More Offal In Your Paleo Diet
As you will have learned by now eating offal is good for you. But it can prove challenging to make some of it palatable. In this post, I am to provide you with some tips that could help you include more offal in your diet, even if like many of us you don’t really enjoy it.
1. How To Eat More Heart
When eaten you’ll find that it has quite a familiar taste. Instead of eating in its complete form grind it down. It is hard to distinguish the ground heart from ground beef. It may, however, taste slightly richer, and you may find you enjoy the taste of it even more.
When it comes to grinding heart to get the right texture you are best off using a meat grinder that sits on the top of a kitchen counter. However, if you have a mixer you may want to consider investing a meat grinding attachment for it. You can use a food processor, but you won’t get the same texture as with a meat grinder.
2. How To Eat More Tongue
It can prove disconcerting cooking this type of offal. But once cooked you’ll find it has quite a familiar flavor to it. After cooking you can either shred it or slice it then add to a salad or serve with some gravy.
3. Why Not Hide The Liver
For those who have never eaten liver before then, I suggest you go for one of the more mild flavoured, such as chicken or lamb. As with the heart grind it down and add to some other ground meat. But in our home, we love liver whole.
Once combined with the other ground meat it will make a delicious meatloaf, chilli or spaghetti Bolognese.
4. Find Out Which Type Of Offal You Prefer
The first thing you’ll learn is that the various organs taste different from one animal to the next. But it isn’t only the taste that is different you’ll find that the texture is. When it comes to making steak and kidney pie I prefer to use pig rather than lambs kidney because the taste is much stronger. However, when it comes to cooking with liver I prefer lambs over pork or beef.
Even small amounts of offal are better than none. For example, consider adding some liver to your smoothies. Trying adding about 1 teaspoon of raw or cooked liver. But before you do make sure that it has been frozen for no less than 2 weeks. This will ensure that any pathogens in the offal have been killed off. But if you don’t fancy this, then blend some liver with a little water, before adding to a stew. This will help to then thicken it up.
6. Don’t Limit Yourself To Eating One Type Of Offal
Try and eat different offal from different animal’s as this will provide more variety in your diet. Even try including items that you don’t like. Plus make sure that you try out different ways of preparing and cooking them, along with trying out different ingredients that can help to hide or enhance the flavor of these items.
Keeping the above in mind should soon help you get over your feelings about offal. Soon you’ll start to wonder what all the fuss was about.
If you want to try offal, then here is a very simple recipe you use. This is one that I use regularly. When trying liver for the first time I would suggest getting some lamb or calves liver first as the taste isn’t as strong compared to pigs.
- 2 Large Slices Pork or Beef Liver (Or 4 Small Lambs Livers)
- 3 Large Onions – Sliced (I prefer using red rather than white onions)
- 4 Tablespoons Lard or Butter
- Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper
- Heat a large frying pan or skillet over a low to medium heat
- To this add 3 tablespoons of lard or butter
- Once the lard or butter has melted to this add the sliced onions
- Cook the onions slowly, making sure that you stir them frequently
- The onions need to cook until they have caramelized. This will take around 20 to 25 minutes.
- Once it is close to the onions being cooked place another frying pan or skillet on to the hob on a medium to high heat
- In this second frying pan or skillet place the rest of the lard or butter.
- Once the fat has melted to this add the livers which you have sprinkled with some salt and pepper
- Cook the pigs or cows livers on each side for 3 minutes. If using lambs livers cook on each side for 1 1/2 minutes
- Once the liver is cooked place on to a serving plate and top with the caramelized onions and serve
- If you want you can add a little more zing to this dish by placing some homemade salsa on the plate as well