Offal is high in protein and many other essential nutrients, and dishes made with offal have often played a big nutritional role in parts of the world where other forms of protein are rare. On the other hand, many types of offal are also pretty high in cholesterol, so some moderation is required!
Offal can be cooked whole, as in dishes like tripe soup, fried sweet breads, and steak and kidney pie. Organ meats are also often used in terrines and pâtés for the richness and texture they add to the mix. We've also had salami made with tongue - not too bad, really!
Prepared poorly, offal can still be pretty darn awful (pun intended). So if offal is new to you and you're curious to give it a try, we'd suggest finding a good friend who knows how to cook with it. Second to this, try a few offal dishes at a good restaurant so you know how it should look, taste, and feel when you make it at home.
What kinds of offal and dishes would you recommend trying?