It's my second valentine's day with my boyfriend, and the first one we'll be able to spend together. I've decided to rise up to the challenge and cook a beef heart. He'll totally get a kick out of it, I'll love the challenge, and I'm sure it will become an instant legend amongst our friends.
Has anyone ever cooked a beef heart? I've heard it's very lean and should be either grilled over a hot flame quickly or braised for a long time. I'm leaning towards cutting it into slices, marinating and then grilling. Does anyone have experience with beef heart?
Also, what flavors and side do you think would go well with beef heart (i've heard it's very "beefy")? I was thinking of serving it with one richer side (like great northern beans or a some kind of starch with cheese), and one more acidic side, like an arugula salad. I know Michael Rulhman served his on a salad with an herb vinaigrette (http://ruhlman.com/2011/08/how-to-coo...) but I feel like because it's winter I'll want something warm and a little heavier.
Anyway, lemme know if you have technique and pairing ideas. This is my first venture into offal other than liver, so it should be fun. Also, I think I just want to do one course (and buy dessert or something), and I don't want to do anything too formal. Just fun and tasty and heart-centric.