This is a tasty way to get more offal in your diet. Heart is a great source of iron, vitamin B12, zinc, and coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), which is fundamental for the electron transport chain of mitochondria (the energy-producing cells in your body). Get chicken hearts from pastured chickens if possible (Feather and Bone is a great source) and fire up your grill for this twist on classic Peruvian street food (the original version uses cow’s heart). If you’re not keen on eating heart you can try this version with kangaroo.
Yield: 2 servings
- 500g chicken hearts
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons ají panca paste (Peruvian red chilli paste, or substitute with your favourite)
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 large piece cassava (approximately 125g)
- ghee or butter
- salt to taste
- Remove the thin membrane that surrounds the hearts and trim the upper fatty/vascular part. Slice them horizontally (you’ll end up with donut-shaped slices).
- Mix the marinade ingredients pour over hearts in a ziplock bag and marinate for at least 6 hours.
- Boil cassava for 20-30 minutes until soft.
- In the meantime, turn on your BBQ (you’ll be using the flat part) or heat up a stovetop grill pan.
- Drain cassava, discard hard bit in the middle, cut in pieces and fry in ghee or butter. Season with salt.
- Cook marinated hearts (no need to drain the marinade) for ~10 minutes, flipping them occasionally. Season with salt.
- Serve with fried cassava, salad and your favourite condiment (I served it with Peruvian chilli mayo).