Kidney ideas ?

Céline
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Hi !
It seems like I must eat more iron-rich foods in order to be able to make my next blood donation... I'd like to eat more kidney products especially, but the only way I ever had kidney was simply pan-fried or pan-seared. I've seen a few recipes suggesting an onion or mushroom based sauce to go with that, but it still does't seem so bento-friendly (the kidneys are still cooked medium-rare).

So, have you any ideas or recipe for kidney that would suit a bento box ?
[EDIT]
Liver recipes are most welcome too ! And offal meat in general in fact... ^^

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Re: Kidney ideas ?

There is a very bento-friendly recipe using chicken kidneys. I'll have to see if I can get some so I make it and refresh my memory. I'll try to do that later this week!

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Re: Kidney ideas ?

I looked in a Leclerc here (in Auray to be exact) today, and couldn't find any kidneys. Where do you buy yours Céline? At a supermarket, or a boucherie?

Céline
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Re: Kidney ideas ?

That would be wonderful ! Not to mention very useful, since offals are widely underated nowadays I think...
Thank you ^_^

Céline
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Re: Kidney ideas ?

It really depends... The ones I got right now were bought in a all-food supermarket (Grand frais) because it opened recently in my region and I wanted to have a look. But usually I'd buy some at a boucherie (at the market or in a local store), they're fresher and cheaper this way.

It's strange though : usually if there 's no offals in the pre-packed meat department itself, supermarkets have a boucherie-like meat counter where you can ask the clerks to serve you and cut you a piece of whatever you want. But then, I've never been to brittany...

(as a side note, if you want de-boned chiken thighs that's also there that you would order some. I never could find de-boned or skinned chicken thighs in supermarkets around my region, just whole thighs)

I'm sorry to cause you such troubles ^^pp

Melissa
Not a kidney idea, per se

Try chickpeas and/or tahini (together as hummus?!) as iron-rich alternatives!

Céline
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Re: Not a kidney idea, per se

Ah, thanks for the suggestions but I already eat quite a lot of sesame and chickpeas (among other beans and nuts) in various forms... ^^p (try to find one bento where I didn't sneak in some sesame... XD)
Unfortunately, it seems like vegan alternatives won't cut it this time... the drawbacks of a fast metabolism, I'm afraid.

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Re: Kidney ideas ?

Hello Céline! This isn't such a novel idea, but what about making a batch of mini steak & kidney pies? I made a batch of mixed berry pies, and when they were assembled in a muffin pan, I froze them in the pan, and when they were frozen, I put them in a ziplock and stored in the freezer. I suggest, if you try this, that you use those paper liners for the muffin tin. Then I could take the pies out, one at a time, put it in a muffin tin (all by itself) and bake it from frozen.

I found this recipe: http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/database/steakandkidneypie_10931.shtml --but you can google for kidney pie recipe and there will be many.

My instinct would be to freeze them before brushing with egg (that makes sense, non?) and brush them with beaten egg just prior to baking.

I'm watching this thread with interest because I love offal meats :-)

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Céline
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Re: Kidney ideas ?

Ah, brilliant ! I should have known that Brits would have kidney recipes... but don't say that, it wouldn't have occured to me to make kidney pie (I never had it... hell, I didn't even known such a thing existed until a year ago ! ^^).
Alas, I've got no proper freezer but I think I'll just make a medium sized pie for lunch one WE, and 2-3 mini-pies for bentos purposes that I'll eat on the following days...
Thank you ! ^_^

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Re: Kidney ideas ?

The strange thing is that Steak and Kidney pie is a pretty recent invention, only dating back a hundred years ago. Steak and oyster pie... that goes back, way, way back! :D

It's not particularly the stuff of a photogenic bento, but since you have the British classic kidney recipe, I thought you might like to know the classic Spanish way of cooking kidneys:

Riñones al jerez (Sherried kidneys) - translated from http://www.blogdelchef.com/2008/12/receta-de-los-rinones-al-jerez/
* 8 lamb kidneys or 1 calf kidneys
* 1 medium/small onion - finely chopped
* 2 garlic cloves - finely chopped
* 50ml (1/4 cup or 2 fluid ounces) olive oil
* Dry sherry - enough to cover the kidneys
* 1 tablespoon flour
* Parsley
* Salt
* Pepper

Clean the kidneys thoroughly (and, one presumes, slice to the required size), put them in a bowl and cover them with the sherry and chopped garlic. Leave to marinade for an hour.

Heat the oil in a pan/skillet and add the chopped onion with a spoonful of parsley. Continue to fry until the onion is tender.

Remove the kidneys from the marinade, season with salt and pepper and saute them on a high heat in the pan for 6 to 8 minutes. After this, add the garlic and sherry marinade to the pan together with the spoon of flour and cook for a further 10 minutes.If the sauce gets too thick, add a little more sherry or water.

I've seen Sherried Kidneys served in bars as part of set menus with fried potatoes or with rice and as a 'tapa'.
There are tons of Riñones al jerez recipes on the net, this seemed quite simple and representative.

Just so you have an alternative, quinoa is supposed to have a high iron content. As 100gms of quinoa is supposed to give you about a third of the iron generally recommended for good health, perhaps you could combine your kidneys with Maki's recent quinoa recipe:
http://justbento.com/handbook/recipe-collection-mains/quinoa-parsley-and...

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I just saw that you'd like a bento friendly liver recipe.
Now that I CAN help you with. Here's a recipe that was taught to me by a friend's Italian housemate from a town near Venice in Italy (I didn't eat it, as I don't eat meat, but I did learn and my friend assured me it was delicious)

Liver Risotto
(two portions)

1/2 litre of chicken stock (about a pint)
A couple of tablespoons of olive oil
3 or 4 spring onions/scallions - roughly chopped or shallots, sliced
about 150gms of risotto rice (roughly 5 oz)
Enough calf's liver for two portions
Half a dozen sage leaves

Heat the stock in a small pan and keep at a very gently simmer.
In another pan (a good wide deep one) soften the onions in the oil and add the rice. Give the rice a good stir. Add a ladle full of stock and stir until most of it has been absorbed by the rice, keep adding ladles of stock and keep stirring until it's mostly absorbed. It's a bit tedious and will take around 20 minutes in all. Try the rice and make sure it doesn't over cook, it should have a teeny bit of 'bite' to it - you may need a little more stock (or water) than indicated to get it to this point. Cover the rice and remove from the heat.

Cut the liver into slices and season with black pepper and quickly pan fry the liver over a hot flame with a little oil. Once it's done to your liking stir it into the rice. Add a few sage leaves.

Céline
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Wow, thank you Loretta,

Wow, thank you Loretta, you're nothing if not thorough !

The Spannish way of cooking kidneys if quite close to the french way- But with an addition of sherry... it sounds nice.

Arg, I've just got a bag of quinoa sitting in my pantry ! It's really too bad that most listings don't include quinoa as an iron-rich food ; Thank you so much for that information - even if apparently I'll still need to eat red meat I'm glad to have another option. Plus, I love Maki's recipe and its variations, I've yet to come accross a better way to eat quinoa...

And it just happens that I've all the ingredients fort your risotto at hand- guess what I'm going to do for diner tonight ? ^^

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Leftover risotto
Céline wrote:

And it just happens that I've all the ingredients fort your risotto at hand- guess what I'm going to do for diner tonight ? ^^

I love risotto, and love watching people make it (I always seem to learn something new every time)

If you have any leftovers, once the risotto is cold you should be able to form it into balls or patties - coat these with egg and breadcrumbs and fry or deep fry them (to be honest, I usually dip in flour first before coating in egg and panko).
If I'm preparing for a picnic I might make a batch of risotto just to turn into risotto balls (hiding a chunk of mozzarella in the middle is also delicious). But these are wonderful in a bento.

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Dirty rice in a rice cooker

I haven't had a chance to get a good quantity of chicken kidneys yet, but I did make a rice cooker version of dirty rice (a Cajun dish), which is rice cooked with the chopped up chicken livers and kidneys of one bird (or in other words, the little packet of giblets that come inside a bird...actually, in Switzerland chickens don't come with the giblets, so I've been getting used to dealing with them since the birds in France do come with the giblets!) Anyway, here's how I made mine:

- 2 cups of rice (2 rice cooker cups)
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 pair of chicken kidneys, the membranes trimmed off, chopped
- 1 pair of chicken livers, chopped
- some oil or butter for cooking
- Chicken or vegetable stock
- Sprinkle of red chili pepper (optional, if you want it spicy)

Sauté the onion and garlic until translucent in oil. (You can also add 1/2 a bell pepper and a piece of celery, chopped up fine - onion, bell pepper and celery are the 'holy trinity' of Cajun cooking.) Add the kidneys and liver. Add the rice and sauté until a bit toasty.

Put all of the ingredients with the right amount of liquid (water + bouillon or chicken or veg. stock) in a rice cooker, and cook as usual.

Nice for bento, and also nice warm with roast chicken!

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Re: Leftover risotto

I confirm what your friends said : it's absolutely delicious, thank you for sharing this recipe !
So much so that there weren"t any leftovers.... ^.^
But I'll keep the rice patties suggestion in mind next time I make a risotto. ^^

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Re: Dirty rice in a rice cooker

I've been meaning to try and make jambalaya for some time, and kept searching for a recipe... I'll take this as destiny (!) and settle for your dirty rice instead.
(I've no rice cooker but I'll just make it in a pot)

Ah, and I checked : At my medium-sized local supermarket (Casino) They do carry a good deal of offal meat : You can easily find packs of sheep's brain, cow's tongue, pork feet, calf liver (rognons) and kidney and such... But no poultry offals. I guess it's not that common to sell them separatedly from the bird. ^^p

Thank you !

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Riñones

I suspected that the riñones wouldn't make a very photogenic bento, but I'm delighted to have that assumption proved so very wrong! That looks really appetising. I'm really happy it worked out for you. Thanks very much for sharing your result.

I did make a mistake in the original post, it should be 2 calves livers, not 1 (I think my finger slipped as I made the livers plural)

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Re: Kidney ideas ?

Loretta,

I just made the Riñones al jerez dish you posted for dinner today --so delicious! Thanks for posting it --you can see the result in the JB flickr pool. Br. John loved it too, so yay :-)

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