Herefordshire Love in Disguise Recipe

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 Updated 01/05/2017

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An old traditional recipe from Herefordshire, which is certainly for those with a love of meat and a robust constitution!


  • a calf's heart
  • 2 tablespoons shredded suet
  • a little mustard
  • 2 teaspoons chopped parsley
  • a little lemon rind
  • 1 tablespoon broken vermicelli
  • 4 tablespoons breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons minced ham
  • 4 or 5 slices of fat bacon
  • 1 teaspoon marjoram
  • seasoning
  • gravy made with tomatoes
  • 1 egg
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  1. Cook the vermicelli, drain and leave to get cold.
  2. Clean the calf's heart thoroughly, removing all gristle etc., wash and put in cold water for 1 hour.
  3. Make a stuffing from breadcrumbs, suet, a little of the egg, herbs, mustard, seasoning, ham and lemon rind.
  4. Dry the calf's heart, fill it with the stuffing, wrap the bacon round it and fasten with small skewers.
  5. Wrap up loosely in foil.
  6. Place in a baking tin for 1 1/2 hours in very moderate oven or until cooked and tender.
  7. Remove the foil and brush over with egg yolk.
  8. Then roll in breadcrumbs mixed with vermicelli.
  9. Put back in the tin and bake in the oven till nicely browned.
  10. Serve with tomato gravy.

Prep Time: 85 minutes

Cook Time: 120 minutes

Yield: 4 portions


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