Offal. Variety meats. The wobbly or jiggly bits. Yep, we’re talking guts in this week’s episode of Hunt Gather Talk. And I am excited to have Chef Brad Farmerie on the show to join me! If you don’t know him, Brad is a Michelin-starred chef based in New York whose food is at once innovative
Shad roe is a delicacy of springtime. In the East, the shad run in early spring. Here in the West, however, the fish don’t run up the rivers until late spring. Here’s my favorite way to cook shad roe – with bacon, some onions and a bowl of grits.
A quick, easy and tasty way to enjoy the fruits of your waterfowl hunt. Deviled duck hearts are a British thing, and they’re hearts, dusted in flour seasoned with mustard and cayenne, cooked quickly and served with a watercress salad. A damn good appetizer or snack.
Cajun or Creole dirty rice is the easiest way to start eating the giblets of the birds you bring home. The recipe gets its name from finely chopped liver that’s added to the rice, along with ground up hearts and gizzards. Basically this is Cajun fried rice. And it’s damn good.
In the pantheon of meatballs this is one of the best. Going by the unfortunate name “faggots” (or the mystifying “savoury ducks”), these are really just damn good meatballs, delicately spiced and with a bit of liver tossed in.
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?