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Old 10-13-2013, 12:39 PM   #1
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Giblets ... How do you do yours?

Hi all ... DH has requested giblets as a Sunday treat and I have zero clue how to start. We found one recipe on line that says to simmer them then sauté but that doesn't seem too tasty to me. I don't want to deep fry (DH is on a low sodium diet and deep fried with no salt seems unappealing) but need better flavor than just boiling.

So! What do YOU do with your giblets?


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Old 10-13-2013, 12:47 PM   #2
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I've never cooked giblets as a separate food item. I've put them in dirty rice or used them to make stock along with bones, etc.

To me they're a treat just fished out of the stock and eaten with a dash of salt. I suspect they need some longer cooking so they aren't tough.

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Old 10-13-2013, 01:02 PM   #3
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Aside from nibbling on a neck or eating the heart as a kid, this is what I do with them now. Giblet Gravy Recipe
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Old 10-13-2013, 01:10 PM   #4
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I put them in with the turkey or chicken when I roast it. I exlude the liver. I find it imparts a strong flavor I don't care for in my gravy. I like to pick the neck meat off and chop it up, along with the heart for the dressing. I have popped a heart in my mouth before but don't care for its chewiness.
Or sometimes, like in an hour or so, I just throw it all in a pot with a carrot, onion, celery and boil it down for stock.
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Old 10-13-2013, 01:30 PM   #5
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Sorry, always use giblets for giblet gravy. It's such a treat. I let them and the neck boil and then when the turkey is ready, I separate the meat from any bones, chop, and add them and the cooking liquid to the pan drippings and thicken into the most wonderful gravy!

I do have a suggestion that he might like: Instead of giblets, use turkey necks to make a stew. It makes a really rich and delicious broth and plenty of meat. Just add your favorite stew veggies.

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Old 10-13-2013, 02:59 PM   #6
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I'm the only one in my family who likes giblets, which is great for me because I can have them all.

However, the only time there is a bounty of them is when I cook a turkey. When I do that, I usually cook them in some stock with the neck, along with some salt and pepper. I cook the heart and gizzard first and the longest, at least 45 minutes, then add the liver and cook it until it runs clear when punctured with the tip of a knife or a fork.

The way I usually eat them is to drain them, sprinkle a tiny bit of salt over them and munch away. They're my "reward" for the laborious task of preparing a turkey meal.

However, I have used chicken livers, hearts and gizzards, cooked together and/or separately in a tarragon-flavored sauce.

When I cook those, I dredge them in flour that has a little salt and freshly ground pepper added, then saute in butter until lightly browned. Lower the heat, add some white wine, some chicken stock/broth and a bit of tarragon and simmer until tender. Sort of makes it's own sauce as it cooks. Most of the time I serve this over rice or noodles. Believe it or not, when my children were small they loved it.
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Old 10-13-2013, 03:37 PM   #7
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I make stock and pick the neck meat off for me. My aunt used to always give me the neck. It is my favorite part of the bird. After the stock is made, I feed the rest sans neck to the dog. And if I didn't have a dog, then the cat. Or someone's dog or cat. Not my favorite part of any bird.
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Old 10-13-2013, 03:38 PM   #8
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My favorite giblet snacking recipe. Saute in butter, add water, cover and simmer until tender, add spices of choice (mine are not low salt friendly - teriyaki, garlic and ginger). Cook stirring to cover all sides allowing the sauce to reduce to a glaze and munch away. I've also done this with just poultry seasoning for a no salt treat.
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Old 10-13-2013, 06:32 PM   #9
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Thank you all for the ideas! When I went to get the package he had thawed, I found he had taken out gizzards so ended up just boiling and sautéing. He said they were good, I'll take his work for it.
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Old 10-13-2013, 06:55 PM   #10
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I love giblets stew.

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