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Sonofabitch Stew Recipe

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  • 2 pounds lean beef
  • Half a calf heart
  • 1/2 pounds calf liver
  • 1 set sweetbreads
  • 1 set brains
  • 1 set marrow gut
  • salt, pepper
  • hot sauce
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  1. Kill off a young steer.
  2. Cut up beef, liver and heart into I -inch cubes; slice the marrow gut into small rings.
  3. Place in a Dutch oven or deep casserole.
  4. Cover meat with water and simmer for 2 to 3 hours.
  5. Add salt, pepper and hot sauce to taste.
  6. Take sweetbreads and brains and cut in small pieces. Add to stew. Simmer another hour, never boiling.