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So this recipe is perfect for a holiday party, or anytime you want make something fun and tasty out of a food that many people are reluctant to try. It's an overall easy recipe, and the presentation compliments the well paired flavours. Don't be shy to give this one a try. You could easily bring these to a party and have people eat them and love them before even asking what's in them ;)
As a community focused on eating ethically and sustainably, it is important that we use as many parts of a healthy animal as we can. So have a heart, and eat some hearts. You'll like it.
TIME: 30 minutes
YIELD: about 2 dozen
1 pound chicken hearts (organic/free-range)
1 pound bacon (traditionally raised)
1 pint cherry tomatoes (organic)
1 tbsp virgin olive oil
1. Remove bacon from packaging and cut each strip in half so that you have twice as many strips at half the full length.
2. In a large pan on the stove, cook bacon over medium-high heat until cooked but still malleable. Do not cook until crispy. Remove bacon from pan and set aside for later.
3. After rinsing off the chicken hearts, add them to the pan and cook them in the remaining bacon fat over medium heat. Stir and turn them frequently to cook all sides of each heart and to prevent burning. When all the hearts are well browned on all sides they are finished (about 10 minutes). When in doubt, cut one open and check if there is any pink/red inside that looks uncooked. If so, continue cooking for a few minutes longer. Remove hearts from pan and allow to cool.
4. In a medium sized pan, heat 1 tbsp of olive oil. Add the tomatoes to the pan and stir them around to coat them in the oil. Sprinkle a healthy amount of dried basil over the tomatoes (add salt if desired, but the bacon in this recipe will provide a salty taste already), cover and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Cook the tomatoes only long enough to warm and soften them a bit, and to allow them to absorb the flavours from the pan. Do not cook until mushy or they will not stick to the tooth pick. When in doubt, undercook them.
5. Time to put it all together. Skewer a tomato with a tooth and pick and slide it towards the end of the tooth pick. Tightly wrap a heart in a piece of bacon, and fasten it in place by skewering it with the tooth pick, below the tomato. Perform these steps until all of your appetizers are fashioned accordingly. Arrange on a serving plate and "WOW" the party! This recipe is delicious hot or cold. Store extras in the fridge.