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Ian Knauer is spending most of his time these days developing recipes for his upcoming cookbook based on his family’s farm in Pennsylvania where he hunts, keeps a garden and a bee hive. (You can follow along on his blog, "Big City Country Boy.")
He honed his cooking and writing chops at 'Gourmet' magazine from 2001 to 2009, where he co-hosted the magazine’s award-winning television series, 'Diary of a Foodie,' and the most recent show, 'Adventures with Ruth.' He wrote extensively for 'Gourmet' and Gourmet.com until the close of the brand in late 2009.
If you’re eating at a table with Ian, there’s a strong chance he’ll serve you something as delicious as it is strange.
5 Unlikely Animal Parts You NEED To Learn How To Cook ... 'Cause They’re Awesome: Ian Knauer
1. Chicken hearts
“You’ll find chicken hearts at almost every butcher’s counter (if not they can order them for you). They’re super-cheap, and when grilled, they taste like meat candy. In South America, you’ll find them skewered, sprinkled with coarse salt and grilled until they’re just pink on the inside. Every single person who tries them becomes an instant convert.”
2. Beef tongue
“The only gross thing about tongue is that it looks like a big ol’ tongue. Oh, and you need to peel it. But, that’s the fun part too. Buy a tongue, put it in the pressure cooker with 1-inch of beef stock and cook for 30 minutes. (Or do it this way as tacos.) Let it cool, peel it and serve slices on sandwiches, crostini or chopped up in a ragoût. The meat is silky-soft and absolutely chock-full-o-flavor.”
3. Monkfish liver
“This is a surprise to a lot of folks, but monkfish liver is like the foie gras of the sea. If the fish guy has monkfish liver, I’m buying it. Seared in a little butter, it has a rich flavor and texture and makes a perfect first course with some pickled shallots or a lemony-jalapeño slaw."
4. Turkey gizzards
"Gizzards are the unchewable tough bits that are shoved into the hole of the Thanksgiving bird (chickens have them, too). You could add them to the gravy, but a much better use is to confit them. Once you’ve collected a few (freeze them as you come across them), salt them and cover them with fat in a pan (olive oil works, so does duck/chicken/turkey fat) and let them simmer for one and half hours. Sliced thinly, they have a super-soft-yet-meaty texture and a very mild flavor.”
5. Testicles of any kind
“I’m not even joking; balls are creamy and delicious. Recently, I found some lamb balls at the butcher, but I’ve cooked deer, calf and goat balls all for surprised, happy dinner guests (albeit, a little timid at first). Peel the sack away, pierce the membrane and roast. Whether you want to them slice and fry the bits is up to you, but their texture is so cloud-like (think sweetbreads, but smoother) and their flavor so mild that they pair well with just about anything. Those lamb balls were the star of a spring salad of beets, beans, shallots and mache. Awesome.”
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Man those sound good if i was they kinda guy who skinned cheeks off people or hunted deer to steal there tendons for a spaghetti. Yeah. but no lie the hearts might be good
Living in Cleveland, i have the great pleasure of being in very close proximity to 4 Michael Symon restaurants. He loves offul and cooks it very well. Beef Cheek Perogies at Lola are a dream and Breaded and Fried Chicken Livers at Lolita are fantastic. i've never tried to cook them before, though.
I will use turkey innards to make the double-rich broth that is part of the stuffing at Turkey Day (made outside of the bird, for safety's sake) but I don't cut them up to include the stuffing. Those innards have to be from a proud bird raised organically. But I don't throw them away, I chop them up and offer as an appetizer for the kitties, they love it, makes them purr!
The rest of the list is just gross. Gross gross gross!
I see one raging socio here...I wonder if Ian was one of the causes of Gourmet's demise...Ian Testicles with broccoli. I'll toss the testes, but at least he'll know how it feels. All I see is a braggart showing off non physical prowess by way of gun..what happened in this guy's youth? He can sadly cook all the parts he wants of unsuspecting souls, but I know something went on...people don't do this for true pleasure...This is a payback for what happened to him earlier in life. The countryside can be lonely and scary.
Oh please! Give me a break. There is nothing fundamentally "wrong" with hunting or being proud of your kill. You assume the kill was made with a gun but most of the hunters I know much prefer hunting with a bow–which is far more challenging. Animals are not people. I have just hatched out 9 baby chicks, each one of them is a cute as can be but I know some of them will end up in the stew pot–its called survival of the fittest. And seriously, a plant is a living thing too, but nobody has a problem chopping them up and cooking by method of choice. I'm tired of it already. If you dont want to eat meat, for what ever reason–good for you. Now leave the rest of us alone.
Can you challenge yourself with something other than a bow? Great online grad programs or PHd programs exist...There's a challenge! How about protecting animals and wildlife? Equally challenging...Maybe try it?
At least I'm nice to people...
Exactly! Meanspirited people seem only to be happy when being contentious and rude. I applaud you for using sustainable food in creative and nutritious ways, without being wasteful. The few intelligent conversations on here I've seen agree that we need to respect others' views, not slam them. I hope that more people read this and think about trying more organ meats and non-traditional parts, they are a wonderful culinary and cultural experience.
Somehow I doubt it – a killer is a killer. Bloodthirsty isn't just an expression. Anyone who will gleefully drink the blood of a dying animal whose throat he has just slit is not to be trusted around children or other vulnerable ones. Hunters with grinning death skulls on their wall and a psycho-killer look in their eye as they hold a severed head in their hand – probably should be under observation by a good psychiatrist.
I have never asked these questions so directly...Do you feel any pain or remorse knowing you might be killing the mother of fawns waiting for food (or any other animal protecting/feeding its young)? You must know animals feel pain. What makes you think that because you have a gun or bow/arrow that you have the right to kill? Because you can or because you want to? Does this make hunters feel powerful? Would you consider not killing and taking the side of animals to live their lives?
Sez you...can we have a look in your freezer?
Savages. Limp dicked little men trying to prove how tough they are. Pathetic.
Hey! Plants have feelings too! Guess I'll just stick with...uh-oh ran out of options.
Again, this is a food blog and this particular article is about eating meat. You are an asshole!
Cooking a whole hogs head underground is one of the most rewarding cooking and eating experiences I have ever had in my life. Details and instructions on how you can do it yourself are here.
Apparently, you don't have much of a life. Another pathetic flesh eater.
Go stick another frozen puck of vegan 'food' in the microwave before you pass out at your keyboard
Boiled cow testicles are called "soup number 5" in Luzon Province in the Philippines. In Colorado you will find them on some restaurant menus defined as “Rocky Mountain Oysters”.
childhood nightmare: beef tongue... still sends chills throw me
Its good to see people embracing offal. America as a whole seems to be a little more squimish that the rest of the world when it comes to eating the whole animal and because of that many are missing out on the best textures and flavors. It has always puzzled me that we can eat one part and not the other, that muscle tissue is delicious but organ is not. hopefully this trend continues and the dietary habits of Americans loosen up a little.
I grew up in a hunting family, have absolutely no problem with responsible hunting, and have enjoyed many wonderful meals of wild game. HOWEVER, I find the choice of image for this story to be completely inappropriate and disgusting. I totally agree with many others that a picture of a bloody, mangled deer head is upsetting and seems misplaced given the context of the story. Use better judgment, CNN.
I'll partially agree with you.
I disagree about the "mangled deer head", it doesn't appear mangled to me. Removed from the body, but that is what one DOES when preparing a carcass for food. Remove the head for separate processing. Remove the organs for the same deal.
Me? I toss the head, too much work getting the face meat (such as is in scrapple), brain is too fatty for me to tolerate. Couldn't care less about the horns.
But THIS image, it appears that CNN is doing their level best at demonizing hunting. Skull framed in the antlers, blood splattered face on the buck (happens when butchering, but yellow journalism at its worst.
Hey! Plants have feelings too! Guess I'll just stick with...uh-oh ran out of options.
Years ago, when I was growing up, my mother used to buy chicken gizzards and hearts (she could get them packaged together), and slow cook them all day long in a crock pot, with some chicken stock (broth). Served with some steamed veggies, makes for a tasty meal!
One time, when she was buying them in the grocery store, the checkout lady looked at the package, and asked what they were. Mom told her they were chicken gizzards & hearts, to which the checkout lady then asked, "Oh, are these for your CAT???" Mom just smiled, and said, "No, they're for my FAMILY", which caused a hilarious puzzled expression on the checkout lady's face!
After a trip or two to a burger or taco stand, you've probably had most of the stuff mentioned here & more. Not to worry. Basic human design includes an array of organs devoted to digestion and toxic waste elimination. That system enables an omnivorous diet and enhances survival . That's why we can get away with eating all that crap. For a while.
I hope this man gets E. Coli from eating unwashed elk balls.
I don't know what all you liberal softies are complaining about, thats a nice 5 pointer, good for him for wanting to show it off.
I am a meat eater – but I am disgusted by that picture. It's one thing to think you're clicking on an article about cooking, then to see that is horrible, disrespectful and inappropriate. You should be ashamed of yourself. And don't give me a lecture about where meat comes from. I get it.
I think its good every once in a while to see a picture or piece of art that may give me a negative reaction. I mean, isn't that the point of art? Does everything have to make you feel good, or just be there for the sake of having a picture with an article? Would you of rather seen some food porn with a plate of delicious looking testicles sprinkled with parsley? If you are disgusted by the picture – then good. If you are not disgusted by the picture then – good. If you don't know how you feel about the picture then – great! People would not be talkign nearly so much on here if the picture was something neutral – that is the point – it adds a whole dimension to what the blog post is all about – the realities of meat – which is to say that it involves killing an animal that is more than just a ribeye.
also I'm sorry I just lectured you – but... the picture IS a lecture about where (this) meat comes from!
I want to lick and eat Ian's balls...
Native American southern cooking... amazing caveman style in Pennsylvania
I think Mr Kauer is a disgusting person.
Meat eater here. No issues with eating animals. BUT–Posing for a picture with the dead animal is idiotic. Shooting an animal and eating it is fine. Acting like you did something spectacular that requires a pat on the back and a picture is silly. After all a dear is just walking around looking for food.
Again, kill them all you want, the population needs to be controlled, but really, is it a proud moment that requires a picture.
What? No Chitterlings or Pig Feet on the list!? This is, thus, INCOMPLETE!!!!
Vegetables aren't food. Vegetables are what "food" eats.
Why shouldn't someone take your tongue and heart out, cook them as described in the article and eat them? You are not above the other species. In fact your stupid and ignorant comment shows how unnecessary you are in this world (you are bringing the average global intelligence down!).
I've entered Socio Nation...Wow. The number of people displaying their lack of concern for animals that feel pain and suffering is a sad state of affairs. I've entered the disgusting zone of our country. Ugh.
Queue the angry vegetarians and P.I.T.A. PETA people to start expressing outrage.
It takes a special kind of vegan to check out an article called "5 animal parts you NEED to cook". Specifically, it takes the kind who is on a crusade. If you want to convince me that you're the more moral person, you can start by not being a jerk. If you're looking for a fight in order to treat people badly, I have a hard time agreeing with you when you try to claim superior morality. It just seems like an excuse to be horrible to people.
Frankly, if you think we should be eating fewer animals, clearly it makes sense that the people who eat animals should eat all the parts of the animal. I know, you think we should all go vegan. Many of us can't, or won't (I've been told by my doctor that I can't handle a vegetarian diet).
My diet is mostly vegetarian, but only because FACTORY farming is unnatural on principle and revolting in practice.
I will gladly eat meat (organs, gizzards, and all) from local/organic/sustainable sources, or when hunted from stable populations. I hope articles like this help Americans in becoming accustomed to making use of the ENTIRE animal, as is common in most cultures throughout the world. Please keep in mind the sustainability of our food sources, and don't be wasteful when an animal has died for your sustenance.
Yikes! What a freak! Glad I stopped eating that stuff!
Most disgusting blog thing I've seen on CNN. What's going on? Really CNN.
How egregious to see a human being have complete disregard for innocent creatures who do not exist to satisfy people's ignorance, selfishness, and true stupidity. This man makes me embarrassed to be an American.
Wow, grow up. People have been eating animals since long before recorded history.
Why don't you go scream at a lion for killing a gazelle? Oh my gosh, that bear just ate a FISH! He must pay!
If you don't eat meat, then come to a food blag about eating meat!!! Also, don't complain when you go to a restaurant and they don't have anything that you can eat! Jerks...
Eat larger animals if you must eat animals. If you do you will not be killing or contributing to the demise of so many lives if you don't eat smaller sentient beings. Senient beings like ourselves. You may think it doesn't matter because there are so many anyway, but it absolutely mattered to each one that is murdered for you..
Cow cock soup is the best soup for men. It is the most natural Viagra that your doctor won't tell you about. And you can get it to buy in the butcher shop. Just ask for cow cock. Been around for years. Ask the men from the Caribbean Islands!
what exactly do you do with it?
I serve my balls to my girl friend and give her an extra serving of a delicious fish stick to her afterwards.
Kanye West everyone!
I love monkfish liver. I swear, I dream about the stuff. I've never been able to find it, though. Do I have to go to a dedicated fish market?
When the day comes that food can be grown in vats, constructed by nanoassemblers, or otherwise made in such a manner that it was never at any point alive, I will happily switch to that. Until then, the fact is that EVERY SINGLE THING WE EAT relies at some point on the death of a living thing, whether in the harvesting, in the growing process, or at any other point. Since there isn't any justifiable distinction between killing one living thing and killing a different living thing, regardless of the scale of the organism, the only honest way to deal with it is to accept that we all kill in order to live and simply seek to kill as little and as cleanly as possible, without wasting a death by killing unnecessarily.
And the angel of the lord came unto me, snatching me up from my place of slumber. And took me on high, and higher still until we moved to the spaces betwixt the air itself. And he brought me into a vast farmlands of our own midwest. And as we descended, cries of impending doom rose from the soil. One thousand, nay a million voices full of fear. And terror possesed me then. And I begged, "Angel of the Lord, what are these tortured screams?" And the angel said unto me, "These are the cries of the carrots, the cries of the carrots! You see, Reverend Maynard, tomorrow is harvest day and to them it is the holocaust." And I sprang from my slumber drenched in sweat like the tears of one million terrified brothers and roared, "Hear me now, I have seen the light! They have a consciousness, they have a life, they have a soul! Damn you! Let the rabbits wear glasses! Save our brothers!" Can I get an amen? Can I get a hallelujah? Thank you Jesus.
Life feeds on life feeds on life feeds on life feeds on........
Aw, don't spill the beans on beef tongue. I won't be able to get it cheap at the supermarket. What he didn't tell you though is when you boil the tongue it looks like a foot in a ballet slipper that's been chopped from the leg just above the ankle.
I would at to the list: Salmon head.
I would rather chop off my own balls and let someone else eat them, before I would eat the balls off of ANY animal.
I swear, I almost puked 5 different times when reading this. You could not possibly pay me to eat ANY of those things. YUCK! YUCK! YUCK! YUCK! YUCK! YUCK! YUCK! YUCK! YUCK! YUCK! YUCK! YUCK! YUCK! YUCK! YUCK! YUCK! YUCK! YUCK! YUCK! YUCK! YUCK! YUCK! YUCK! YUCK! YUCK! YUCK! YUCK! YUCK! YUCK! YUCK! YUCK! YUCK! YUCK! YUCK! YUCK! YUCK! YUCK!
I still remember finding out what Rocky Mountain oysters were. ... Ick.
my parents never prepared it for me as a kid
Great!!!!!!!!!! Now I'm hungry
I learned to love chicken hearts and gizzards as a child. My mother also prepares beef liver with bacon and onions to die for. The most important thing is choosing the right cuts at the store in the first place. I wouldn't mind trying tongue sometime, as long as someone else prepares it. It would turn me off to see it in its raw state. I don't know if I could knowingly eat a testicle without the gag reflex kicking in. I guess it is all in the mind.
I enjoyed the article. I have had spiced tongue which was delicious, hearts and gizzards from all sorts of fowl have been some of my favorites for many years (dove hearts are particularly tasty), haven't ever had any liver that I found palatable, and have never been anywhere that testicles were being served, so no opinion there. All the fixation on the opening photo is pretty hilarious. I have never understood how those who eat meat but don't hunt see themselves as somehow morally superior (vegetarians and vegans are another matter, absolutely no use in even talking to them). Those who know who Nimrod was would logically conclude that I might be among the fraternity of those who hunt and fish, and they would be right. I have harvested deer, rabbits, nilgai antelope, feral hogs, ducks, quail. and my personal favorite dove (yummy!!) We brethren of the outdoors have done more to ensure the preservation of our natural areas and native wildlife than all the vegans, tree huggers, and peta members combined. We pay license fees, we pay taxes on all hunting and fishing equipment (look up the Pitman Robertson act), we join organizations like Ducks Unlimited and Quail unlimited which raise millions for the preservation of critical habitat. We go to college and get degrees in wildlife/fisheries sciences and spend lifetimes attempting to unravel the unbelievably complex relationships involved in natural systems. I know plenty of hunting/fishing men AND women who are MENSA members, engineers, doctors, college professors, and so on. Articulate, thinking, well educated people who enjoy the outdoors, and see no moral superiority in allowing others to kill things so that they can eat. Hunters and fishermen (women) are the lions, tigers, wolves, those who are unwilling to harvest their own meat are the jackals and vultures. I prefer to live as a lion.
No, we are the kings who enjoy the fruits of your labor. Since we can pay you meat gatherers to serve us, why should we get our own hands filthy with blood? Oh, and thanks. Keep up the good work.
Nimrod your name is entirely appropriate.
My mom's family are farm people, so I grew up eating liver, gizzards, heart, kidney, mountain oysters (testicles), etc. Her parent's generation ate them because you didn't waste anything. I made them for my family because they are delicious and not terribly expensive. My children (now grown) see them as a bit of a delicacy.
Someone wanna tell me why a feature image of a bloodied, milky-eyed, severed deer head is relevant to an article on a food blog, on an article that doesn't list anything from deer? :P
hunters have such tiny, non-working penises. LOL at all the wimpy hunters commenting here. LOL at you all. f***ing wimps.
no best way for tongue is a pickled tongue , with potato salad. and the front part is better than the fatty back.
i love chicken hearts, and I'm open to trying new foods, but there is no way I'm eating balls......
Yeah, I only tried them once (see above) as an act of motherly love, but the thought of it is a little hard to get over.
I developed a taste for beef tongue ("lingua") while hanging out with some of my Mexican friends. You get the beef flavor and it's very tender and easy to chew. No grissle. My capricious son got me to try calve's testicles (fried) as a dare...Tasted a little like sausage...Oh, and BTW, another name for them is "Mountain oysters." Just so you'll know.
We had a cattle farm. My son actually cooked the dainties for me...LOL!
Whoever spoke of not wanting to eat the brains of a cow because of the risk of mad cow disease is way way off on their thinking. Mad cow or prion disease happens NOT because they ate the brains of a cow, they essentially ate the infected protein of a cow. Thankfully it is becoming a thing of the past, and unless some stupid farmer feeds beef to his cattle again you'll never see it.
You are more likely to get infected if you eat the cow's brains and offal. That's why kuru (original human form of Jakob-Kreutzfeld) had higher incidence on cannibals that ate human brains rather than cannibals that ate human muscle.
I clicked on this article hoping to be informed but was horrified to see that disgusting picture. Couldn't they have shown something different than a poor beheaded deer?
This picture is so vile and offensive. And it has nothing to do with the article. I am so disappointed in CNN.
How dare a photo be provacative!!!! What were they thinking? They should of chose a photo that makes everyone feel neutral!
hurrr derp de durrr. I'm stuffed from my awesome vegan dinner, but thanks :). Don't have a heart attack on me though.
You are a pathetic, small "man", Ian Knauer. Once upon a time people ate to survive. Now they enslave and kill for culinary delights. Proud of yourself? I wonder how many meat eaters realize that they don't need to enslave and kill sentient beings to be happy and healthy. Watch the documentary "Earthlings". I dare you.
Dude, you seriously sound cranky – EAT SOMETHING!
hurrr derp de durrr. Actually I'm stuffed from my awesome vegan dinner, but thanks :). Don't have a heart attack on me though.
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