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Nothing is wasted in classical Italian cuisine, including the giblets of birds. This is a venerable variant of the traditional Bolognese sauce made with the hearts, livers and gizzards of ducks or chickens. A great use for giblets — and an easy one to serve the skeptical.
Of all the dishes I have made over the years, this one might just be my signature: Duck heart tartare, puttanesca style. I know, it sounds awful, even slightly dangerous. I can assure you it isn’t.
I am a huge fan of offal, and this extends to venison. Here’s an easy, non-threatening way to use a bit more of the deer you bring home. After all, who doesn’t like a little tongue?
I know, this should have been done in March. But trust me, this dish is worth the wait. It is easily the best offal dish I’ve ever made. I used to like gizzards. Now I love them!
This is my favorite way to eat duck or goose gizzards. Sliced thin and tossed with a simple saute of wild mushrooms — I mostly use chanterelles or hedgehogs — it’s a killer dish.
Kidneys can be challenging. If you don’t soak them long enough, they can be bitter and, well, smell and taste a little like pee. That should not deter you from keeping the kidneys from the deer you shoot every year. Properly soaked, venison kidneys are delicious and not at all off-putting. If you are not […]
The foie gras debate centers on whether it’s natural and humane: Do waterfowl fatten their own livers in the wild? They do. A liver from a duck I shot recently was so fatty it qualifies as wild foie gras.
I recently came upon what I consider the best, most approachable use of the giblets from any game bird: Cajun dirty rice. This recipe is an Italian riff of that, in which I use the giblets in a risotto made with red wine. I first made this recipe with the hearts, livers and tenders (the […]