Slow cooked heart, liver, and kidney are the organ meats of choice for this ginger infused stew with cauliflower, greens, and herbs. It’s great to fine organ meat recipes you actually want to eat! With a few simple modifications, this stew can be added to your collection of carnivore diet recipes too.
Organ meats are still far from the mainstream, culturally unknown and to be blunt – gross a lot of people out. I want to show that offal and nose-to-tail eating doesn’t need to have a high yuck factor.
After writing up on the benefits of nose to tail eating and nutritionally rich organ meats, I felt inspired to try out some new and daring offal recipes.
I can’t recall any childhood memories of my mom making organ meats. This way of cooking is all new to me and I am adapting as I learn. When I make food for myself and family, my goal is always to optimize nutrition and get the highest quality possible. I happen to think that organ meats are important for this. So here it goes!
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I did some diligent sifting through Pinterest and found The Paleo Mom’s Offal (but not awful) Stew which I adapted below.
This slow cooked organ meat stew is a great opportunity to load up on our favorite anti-inflammatory herbs and spices.
Oven vs. Slow Cooker
The original recipe details how to make it in an ove which was great for me. My slow cooker cracked awhile ago and I usually skip over
Here I give directions for both ways. You get to choose which works best for you and your kitchen.
Using a slow cooker will be more straight forward than the oven and you get the benefit of being able to leave the house if you need to.
Sourcing High-Quality Organ Meats to Slow Cook
We encourage you to find organ meats from local sources. Directories like EatWild can help you connect with local farms and butchers. There are fun programs like “cow-pooling” that can bring communities together and strengthen the demand for local food within local environments. If you cannot find nearby options, check out US Wellness Meats. They have all the organs: heart, liver, and more!
US Wellness Meats was founded in 2000 in Monticello, Missouri (pop. 98) by visionary farmers, who saw that big-business cattle-raising practices were taking a toll on our animals and our health. By returning to rotational grazing practices that are good for the planet and good for our cattle, we led the way in introducing a new generation to the unmatched taste, tenderness, and healthiness of grass-fed beef.
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- 4 pounds organ meats I used 2 heart, 1 liver, 1 kidney
- 1 medium pearl onion
- 1 head garlic
- 2 inches fresh ginger root or 2 teaspoons dried powder
- 2 inches fresh turmeric root or 2 teaspoons dried powder
- 4 ribs celery
- 4 cups leafy greens chopped chard, spinach, nettle etc.
- 1 small cauliflower or broccoli
- 1 tsp whole black peppercorn
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley chopped
- 1/2 cup wild mushrooms dried, soaked and cut
- 8 cups bone broth
- 1/3 cup cooking fat or oil tallow, butter, ghee or coconut oil
- If following oven method: Preheat oven to 300* and put the rack in the lowest position to allow room for a large pot. If you want to do this on a slow cooker, skip to the next step.
- Prepare organ meats by cutting heart, liver and kidney to 1 inch cubes. If there are any large vessels, sinew, connective tissue or other unpalatable bits, cut them off, feed to your dog or otherwise discard. The heart and kidneys usually have some fat attached to them, I choose to leave it on.
- Set meat aside and prep veggies and herbs by chopping onion and garlic and mincing the fresh roots. Rinse the other herbs and vegetables, remove leafy greens from stem and chop coarsely to bite sized pieces.
- Begin browning organ meats in tallow, butter, ghee or coconut oil. On low heat add a potion of fat to a stock pot and sauté organ meats, stirring frequently until brown on all sides. Do the meat in 2 separate batches, half of the total chopped meat at a time. Save all browned meat and juices aside in a bowl.
- Add more fat to the pot if needed, sauté onion, garlic, ginger and turmeric root and celery. Stir around for a few minutes until onions are translucent and the mixture smells flavorful.
- Add meat back to the pot.
- Add in chopped mushrooms, greens and optional cauliflower.
- Pour in bone broth.
- Bring to simmer on the stove top or if you are using a crock pot, transfer to your slow cooker/crock pot and turn on low, leave for 6-8 hours.
- Back to the stove top method - Once the pot reaches a simmer, take it off the flame and place in the oven and keep covered at 300* for 4 - 5 hours.
Have you prepared organs before? What role do they have in your diet? Let me know in the comments below!
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