Spiced Ox Heart


serves 6
1 kg (2 lb) ox heart, hard parts and sinews removed, cut into cubes
1 tbsp cooking oil
3 tbsp (1 1/2 oz) 40 g butter
2 large onions, chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 tsp salt
freshly ground black pepper to taste
375 ml (12 fl oz) meat stock
2 bay leaves or lemon leaves
3 whole cloves
1/2 tsp each Mixed Spice (All Spice / Pumpkin pie spice) and grated nutmeg
2 tbsp lemon juice
4 tbsp plain flour


1. Brown meat in heated cooking oil and butter in a heavy-based saucepan.

2. Add onion and garlic and saute until onion is translucent. Season with salt and pepper.

3. Heat meat stock and add to meat together with remaining ingredients except lemon juice and flour.

4. Cover with lid, reduce heat and simmer for 2 1/2 to 3 hours or until meat is tender.

5. Remove bay leaves or lemon leaves and stir in lemon juice.

6. Thicken sauce with a flour and water paste.

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Spiced Ox Heart
posted by Christophe-Georghe . Lord of Wrenford @ 03:05AM, 12/09/07
A simple dish to prepare. Recommend removing excess ?(fat) suet from heart and cuttng any stringy bits. Dec 2007 bought hearts for 85p each -- so is a cheap cut of meat. Flavoursome but dense grained, each heart fed 4 big men.
Subsequently have found after cooling in a fridge will carve very well
Even quicker & cheaper...
posted by Rupert Riley @ 02:42PM, 3/09/09
Delicious recipe - first time i've tried ox heart. To keep costs down even further you can save gas by using a pressure cooker. 40 mins on high pressure worked for me.
Worth considering if you are on a budget
posted by Mrs Beeton @ 10:06AM, 2/24/10
I bought a whole heart for £1.99 it weighed just over 5lb so I rendered the fat and then cut off all the out side and and inside pieces which were not smooth and cooked them up for a very grateful dog. It worked out cheaper than dog food.

That left me with 2lb of pure meat. The recipe was perfect for the slow cooker.

I rendered down the fat and got a lot of pure dripping from it too.

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