I didn’t grow up eating organ meats. Aside from chopped chicken liver at occasional holiday gatherings, which I mostly avoided, I didn’t even see anyone else eating organ meats.
But today, I know how important it is to eat the most nutrient-dense foods possible, and one of those is organ meats. Organs, or offal, as they’re also called, are a great source of protein, as well as nutrients such as zinc, selenium, and vitamins A, B6 and D. Depending on how the animal was raised, organ meats can be even higher in iron and vitamin B12 than muscle meat.
In other cultures, offal is enjoyed without question: In Peru, anticuchos, grilled marinated beef heart, is a favorite street food; foie gras, or duck liver pate, is a delicacy in France, as are calf brains and intestines; authentic Chinese menus incorporate all kinds of offal.
And yet, here in North America, many of us still find it tough to wrap our minds around eating anything but the muscle meat we’re used to. Plus, there’s the learning curve of sourcing organ meats, figuring out how to cook them, and for some of us, handling them, which can be difficult given our lack of exposure.
Enter Pluck: organ meat seasoning (yep, that’s right)
This ingenious powdered spice blend incorporates bovine liver, spleen, heart, kidney and pancreas, along with onion, garlic, smoked paprika, lemon peel, Himalayan salt and more. It doesn’t taste like organ meat; instead, it brings out the organs’ natural umami flavor and gives your dishes a unique, rich, layered flavor.
You can use it in everything: Scrambled eggs, burgers, fish, roasted vegetables. I sprinkle it in soups, sauces and dressings, on popcorn – really! it works with just about anything – except maybe ice cream, as they say on their website. And it’s kid friendly; my daughter isn’t the most adventurous eater, but she likes it (yes, she knows what’s in it – but you don’t have to tell yours if you don’t want to, I won’t tell).
It’s easy, it’s convenient and it’s absolutely delicious. You need this amazing spice blend in your pantry and for awesome health.
Buy it: Pluck All-Purpose Seasoning, $16 for a 50g pouch (about 20 teaspoons)
Now that you’ve met the new cool kid meat-organ seasoning on the block, consider replacing the fish sauce or coconut aminos in these recipes with equal parts Pluck: