Eating offal doesn’t have to be awful. Organ meats are richly nutritious and can be an important part of a paleo diet, and there are many ways to make them taste awesome, so you don’t need to be nervous! Try some of these great offal recipes.
1. Chicken Liver Pate
Pate is a great “gateway” into organ meats if you’re feeling nervous about trying this. This is a silky-smooth version of chicken liver pate that’s great for spreading on sliced cucumbers or zucchini, or even homemade paleo-friendly crackers if that’s more your style.
2. Grilled Beef Heart
This grilled beef heart is easier to prepare than you’d think, and it has a flavor and texture that are remarkably similar to a really good grilled steak. Marinating the heart in balsamic vinegar overnight gives it an absolutely fantastic flavor, and all it needs after that is salt and pepper! Yum.
3. Offaly Good Paleo Tacos de Lengua
Tacos de Lengua are eaten commonly in many parts of Mexico, so you aren’t even doing anything “crazy” when you make these tacos. You’ll season the beef tongue cubes with onion, bay leaves, garlic, chicken or beef broth, cumin, oregano, and salt. Cook in your fat of choice and serve with grain-free tortillas.
This delicious multi-meat soup is made with all manner of veggies from napa cabbage and carrots to spring onions, and even some woodear fungus mushrooms! You’ll need pork belly, chicken breast, and chicken gizzards to make this filling and nourishing soup.
5. Spicy Lamb and Bacon Meatballs
Meatballs are a totally brilliant way to trick yourself and your family into eating some offal for dinner. You can mix whatever you’re using into regular ground meat and seasonings, and you won’t even know it’s there! That’s what you’ll do with these lamb liver meatballs seasoned with garlic, bacon, cumin, and Mexican oregano.
6. Crispy Spiced Chicken Livers
Once you’re feeling braver—or if you already know you’re a fan of organ meats—you can try this delicious crispy spiced chicken livers breaded with almond meal and blanched almond flour, paprika, cayenne, garlic, and oregano. They’re cooked in coconut oil and are super nutritious!
7. Chicken Livers With Leeks and Kale
This dish is simple yet sophisticated, with a lovely and elegant flavor from garlic, sea salt, and pepper, and a slightly thickened sauce with chicken broth and arrowroot flour. The bacon and leeks lend a lovely flavor to the chicken livers, while the kale provides a hardiness you can only get from greens.
8. Paleo Meatloaf
This recipe’s title may not discuss its unique ingredients, but it doesn’t need to, because eating organ meats doesn’t have to be a wild and unusual part of a paleo lifestyle, and besides, this meatloaf tastes “normal” with plenty of seasonings and a base of ground beef. You won’t even know the beef liver is there!
P.S. Take a look at the Paleo Grubs Book. With 470+ easy-to-prepare Paleo recipes in 17 comprehensive categories it is the only Paleo book you will ever need.
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