02/10/17

Anticuchos (Skewered Beef Hearts)

Anticucho Beef Heart

Mary Sue loves grilled beef heart for its chewy texture and lean, clean, meaty flavor. When well trimmed, it needs only a brief visit to a hot grill and a drizzle of aioli. If you can’t find arbol chiles for the marinade, feel free to change up the peppers depending on whatever your heart desires!

2 to 3 cloves garlic
1 jalapeño, stemmed, seeded, and roughly chopped
1 to 2 dried arbol chiles, stemmed and seeded
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 pound beef hearts, trimmed of all sinew and silver skin
Aji Amarillo Aioli, see recipe below, for serving

To make the marinade, puree garlic, jalapeno and arbol chiles, red wine vinegar, salt, and pepper in the blender. With motor still running, slowly add olive oil until thoroughly incorporated.

Cut the beef hearts into 4- x 1/2-inch strips about 1/2-inch thick. Place in a bowl, pour on the marinade, and toss to coat evenly. Cover, refrigerate, and marinate for 2 hours.

To cook, preheat the grill or broiler. Thread 4 or 5 pieces of beef heart on each skewer. Grill the skewers until seared on all sides, 3 to 5 minutes total. Serve hot, over Arugula, Fennel, and Blood Orange Salad if desired, with a drizzle of Aji Amarillo Aioli.

Aji Amarillo Aioli

Makes about 1 1/2 cups

2 egg yolks
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
Juice and zest of 1 lime
1 clove garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 to 3 tablespoons aji amarillo paste, to taste
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped parsley

In a blender, combine egg yolks, vinegar, lime juice and zest, garlic, salt, and aji amarillo paste.  Blend until smooth. With the motor still running, drizzle in olive oil very slowly until mixture is the consistency of mayonnaise (adding too much oil will cause the aioli to break).  Stir in parsley, taste, and adjust seasonings as necessary.

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