I’m not sure what possessed me to think of rumaki, the possibly-Hawai’ian pupu platter appetizer popularized by Trader Vic’s in the 60s. I know Betty Draper served it in one episode of Mad Men. But as I was brainstorming recipes for paleo month, I thought about this tasty little tidbit: teriyaki-marinated chicken liver and water chestnuts wrapped in bacon. It had all the potential to be perfectly paleo. So I came up with a reduced-sodium and paleo version of “teriyaki” sauce (see notes in recipe) and gave it a try for a tapas party we were attending, adding smoked paprika to bring in a Spanish element. I used jicama instead of canned water chestnuts. Raves all around.
I have been experimenting with adding organ meats to my diet after reading multiple books about the paleo diet and its healing properties, especially for auto-immune conditions. My doctor believes that migraine and Meniere’s are on the auto-immune spectrum. Organ meats are also excellent for our brains and to heal the mitochondria inside our cells.
The migraine-friendly diet is soy-free, as well as free of high-sodium and fermented foods. My book will have a recipe for “make your own bacon” so migraine peeps sensitive to bacon of any kind will still be able to make this appetizer. In the meantime, you can buy pork belly and have the butcher slice it like prosciutto.
I use Whole Foods 365 reduced-sodium uncured bacon, Wellshire Farms, or Pederson Natural Farms paleo bacon. I have tested all of these products for myself and they do not trigger migraine attacks for me. Make sure you test them if you are prone to migraine attacks.
I put in a touch of coconut aminos for soy-ish flavor, but you can omit it for the lowest-sodium and unfermented version. The chili pepper sauce is salt-free and comes from Trader Joe’s, but you can use a version of my hot sauce (made with sweet peppers to temper the heat) if you don’t have access to Trader Joe’s. I give you suggestions below for the leftover jicama and liver if you have it. I had a few pieces of marinated liver and I just added them to the baking sheet for the last 10 minutes or so, then put a toothpick in them to serve once they were cooked.
low-sodium, paleo, grain-free, gluten-free, reduced-sugar diets
migraine, vegan, or vegetarian diets
You might also like:
Classic rumaki from Epicurious (Note: I tried their broiler method and things caught on fire. Not recommended.)
Bacon-wrapped water chestnuts from The Girl Who Ate Everything
Asparagus rumaki from Gourmet Paleo